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Greece: Two trains collide in Greece, at least 32 killed, 85 injured



ATHENS: Two trains collide head-on at Greek Firefighters said at least 32 people were killed and 85 injured on Tuesday night, but the cause of Greece’s deadliest rail crash in decades remains unclear.
An intercity passenger train traveling from Athens to the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki collided at high speed with a freight train outside the central Greek city of Larissa, the governor of the Thessaly region said.
The collision caused fires in several passenger cars, causing many passengers to receive burns to the emergency room.
“We heard a loud bang, (it was) 10 seconds of nightmare,” said Stegios MinenisA 28-year-old passenger jumped out of the wreckage to safety.
“We were flipping in the wagon until we fell on the side… then there was panic, the cables (all over) were on fire, the fire went up immediately, when we were flipping we were caught burns, fire spreads to the right and left.”
Thessaly regional governor Konstantinos Agorastos told SKAI TV that the first four carriages of the passenger train derailed in the collision, while the first two cars caught fire and were “almost completely destroyed”.
He said the two trains rushed towards each other on the same track.
“They were moving at a very high speed and one (driver) didn’t know the other was coming,” the governor said.
About 250 passengers were safely evacuated to Thessaloniki on buses. One passenger told state broadcaster ERT He escaped after breaking a train window with his suitcase.
“There was panic in the carriage, people were screaming,” a young man who was evacuated to a nearby bridge told SKAI TV.
“It was like an earthquake,” Angelos Tsiamouras, another passenger, told ERT.
TV station SKAI showed footage of the train carriages derailed, badly damaged with broken windows and thick smoke, as well as debris strewn across the road. Rescue workers were seen carrying torches in the carriages to search for trapped passengers.
Fire service spokesman Vassilis Varthakogiannis said: “The evacuation of passengers is being carried out under very difficult conditions due to the severity of the collision between the two trains.”
In the early hours of Wednesday, footage from state broadcaster ERT showed rescuers with floodlights searching for survivors in the rubble and surrounding fields.
“We’re going through a tragedy. We’re dragging the living, the wounded… the dead. We’ll stay here all night, until it’s done, until the last one is found. “, a volunteer lifeguard told state broadcaster ERT.
Local media reported about 350 people were traveling on a passenger train that departed from Athens at around 19:30 (05:30 GMT). The fire brigade said they had been informed of the accident just before midnight on Tuesday. The freight train was traveling from Thessaloniki to Larissa.
In 1972, 19 people were killed when two trains collided head-on outside Larissa.
Greece’s aging railway system needs to be modernized, with many trains running on monorails and automatic control and signaling systems still in place in many areas.
Greece sold railway operator TRAINOSE to Italy’s Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane in 2017 as part of an international bailout program, with the expectation that hundreds of millions of euros would be invested in rail infrastructure. in the coming years.
According to the Italian company’s website, it is the main supplier of rail transport for passengers and goods in Greece and operates 342 passenger and commercial routes every day.

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