MOSCOW, Russia -- Four rescuers were seriously injured Monday when a freight train carrying highly toxic phosphorus derailed in western Ukraine, causing a fire, Russian news agencies reported.
In the accident, near the city of Lviv, about 10 tankers overturned and caught fire, Itar-Tass and Interfax-Ukraine said.
Authorities ordered villages in the area to be evacuated.
The injured firefighters, who had been the first to arrive at the scene, were rushed to hospital in serious condition, Itar-Tass quoted an official at the local office of the ministry for emergency situations as saying.
Interfax-Ukraine said the fire was under control, but according to Itar-Tass firefighters were still battling the blaze.
Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Kuzmuk and officials from the emergency situation ministry were at the scene of the accident whose cause was not immediately known.