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Residents evacuated and at least four killed as propane-butane train derails and explodes

Smoke rises after a cargo train derailed and exploded in the village of Hitrino, Bulgaria, December 10, 2016. Bulphoto Agency/via REUTERS
Smoke rises after a cargo train derailed and exploded in the village of Hitrino, Bulgaria, December 10, 2016. Bulphoto Agency/via REUTERS
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Four people have been killed and another 12 injured under the ruins of at least 20 buildings after a cargo train carrying propane-butane derailed.

The incident occurred in the northeastern Bulgarian village of Hitrino early Saturday morning

"The explosion has also caused a fire. We do not expect a second blast, but the people from the village are being evacuated," said Nikolai Nikolov, head of fire safety and civil defence at the police.

Some 150 firemen are putting out the fire and searching for survivors.

People who sustained injuries after a cargo train derailed and exploded in northeastern Bulgaria are seen in a hospital in Shumen, Bulgaria, December 10, 2016. Bulphoto Agency/via REUTERS
People who sustained injuries after a cargo train derailed and exploded in northeastern Bulgaria are seen in a hospital in Shumen, Bulgaria, December 10, 2016. Bulphoto Agency/via REUTERS

Police have launched an investigation into the incident.

The accident happened at 5.40am local time and video from the scene shows many houses in the village of 800 on fire as ambulances take the injured to hospital.

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov is travelling to the village, some 280 km northeast of Sofia and home to around 800 people.

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