The Hitrino Inferno: Five Dead, Many Injured in Worst Train Accident Since 2008

Written by on December 10, 2016 in Bulgaria, Latest - No comments

The scene looked like a war zone, after a freight train pulling gas tanks derailed in the village of Hitrino, located in the vicinity of Shumen. At this stage it seems one of the gas tanks exploded because of the accident. According to the authorities, five people in Hitrino died, 29 were injured, some of them are in serious condition. Several houses were destroyed in the blast.

The authorities are now evacuating the entire population from the village, just in case. According to the municipality, most inhabitants will stay with relatives. This decision was taken, since there is still gas in some of the derailed freight cars. It is supposed to be transferred into other vehicles by experts from Neftochim Burgas.

Hours after the accident happened, fire fighters from the entire region are covering the remaining gas tanks in foam, in order to decrease the likelihood of another explosion. Rescue dogs were at the scene as well. They were part of the operation because the authorities fear that more people might be trapped under the rubble of destroyed houses.

Prime Minister Boyko Borissov traveled to the scene in the morning. In a government statement it said, he was directing the ongoing rescue operation. According to the same source, Borissov ordered the National Plan for Disaster Protection to take effect. Several cabinet ministers are helping as well.

According to our affiliate The Sofia Globe, December 12th, 2016 will be declared a day of mourning.  

The train tracks in Hitino have two curves in a row. While the cause of the derailment and explosion is unknown at the moment, the train might have travelled too fast.

The Hitino inferno is the worst train accident in Bulgaria since 2008. On February 28th of that year, nine people burned to death in a sleeper car owned by the Bulgarian State Railways, in the region of Dobrich.

By im.

In cooperation with The Sofia Globe

 

 

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