Belgrade, Dec. 26 (BNA): At least 51 people were poisoned when a train derailed in southeastern Serbia, releasing ammonia into the air.
Serbia’s Interior Ministry said the ammonia was released from a wagon of the derailed freight train in the city of Pirot.
Police warned residents to stay in their homes, according to Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama).
The mayor of Pirot, Vladan Vasic, declared a state of emergency and classes were suspended for one day at all schools.
"The main recommendation is that people do not leave their homes, do not turn on air conditioners so that outside air does not enter and we all wait for that cloud of smoke to pass," said Vasic.
"Seven people were taken to (a hospital) in Nis," the nearest big city, he added.
He said there was ammonia in 20 wagons and the leaking started from two wagons.