Greece train crash – The officials are investigating the crash that happened in Greece, a country in Europe. The crash happened while the passenger train was coming out of a tunnel close to the Valley of Teme, which is a ravine that divides the provinces of Thessaly and Macedonia. According to the police, multiple carriages became dislodged from their rails, and at least three of them caught fire. Just before the stroke of midnight, a passenger train on its way from Athens to the northern city of Thessaloniki was involved in a collision with a freight train outside of Larissa.
What happened in Greece?
Kostas Agoratos, the regional governor of Thessaly, stated that buses had been used to transport 250 people who had survived the disaster to Thessaloniki. According to what he said on Skai television, the impact of the collision was so severe that the first two carriages of the passenger train “no longer exist.” According to those who survived the crash, the force of the impact caused some passengers to be ejected through the windows. The operator of the rail line, Hellenic Train, has expressed “its sincere sadness for the tragic catastrophe” and has verified that there were around 350 passengers on board the derailed passenger train.
According to the officials, this included college students going back to their homes after participating in this year’s Carnival over the holiday weekend. Later on the day, the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was scheduled to come check out the situation.
When the death toll from one of Greece’s worst train wrecks in recent years rose to 57 on Thursday, frustrations over the country’s inadequate rail safety intensified. After a passenger train carrying more than 350 people and a freight train collided head-on on Tuesday evening in Tempi, near the city of Larissa, demonstrators took to the streets. The country’s transport minister resigned in the wake of the disaster, and a rail workers’ union is going on strike, accusing the government of “disrespect” in the sector, leading to clashes with police in the capital city of Athens.
The accident, which resulted in derailed carriages and charred debris, sent another 48 individuals to the hospital. According to a report by national broadcaster ERT on Thursday, six of the injured are in severe condition due to head wounds and significant burns. Greek officials on Thursday released chilling dispatch audio recordings showing one of the train drivers being instructed to ignore a red signal, following the arrest of a train station manager in Larissa in connection with the collision.
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