Bulgarian Railway Head Resigns in Incidents' Aftermath

Society | October 18, 2010, Monday // 15:04|  views

The CEO of the Bulgarian State Railroads, BDZ, Pencho Popov, is prepared to resign if the Monday derailment is proven to be caused by human error. Photo by BGNES

The CEO of the Bulgarian State Railroads BDZ Pencho Popov, has resigned following an incident in which three passenger train cars derailed in Southern Bulgaria.

It was reported earlier Monday that three cars of the express train between the capital Sofia and  the Black Sea city of Burgas derailed around 11:30 am near the Septemvri railway station in southern Bulgaria.

"I intend to resign. This is the only way to admit responsibility" the CEO told the Bulgarian National Radio, BNR, from the scene of the accident.

Popov explained the derailment was caused by a technical failure of the locomotive, but added this, most likely, is just the latest occurrence of human error in the railway system.

The CEO confirmed there were no injuries caused by the derailment.

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