Greece has been shocked by one of many largest railway accidents in its historical past.
A passenger prepare with 350 passengers collided with a freight prepare within the Tembi valley close to Larisa.
In consequence, 32 folks died and 85 have been injured, of which 25 are in important situation. One other 270 have been transported by bus to Thessaloniki.
The collision occurred shortly after midnight when the passenger prepare sure for Athens to Thessaloniki collided with a freight prepare touring in the wrong way and caught hearth.
In accordance with eyewitnesses, the primary two carriages have been utterly destroyed, whereas three different carriages of the passenger prepare derailed. Greater than 40 ambulances have gone to the scene, in addition to hearth departments with 150 folks, 32 policemen with 15 automobiles have remoted the accident website, hospitals of all the space have been placed on standby to deal with the injured, the Minister of Well being can be on the scene.
Though the causes of the accident will not be but identified, it’s estimated that we’re coping with human error. It’s suspected that the supervisor of the station in Larissa has put the passenger prepare on the incorrect tracks, ensuing within the two trains being on the identical monitor from two completely different instructions and colliding with nice power.
It’s also estimated that the variety of victims will enhance because the passengers of the primary two wagons haven’t but been discovered.
Greece has recorded two different railway accidents a few years in the past. Close to Derven in 1968, two trains once more collided, ensuing within the dying of 34 passengers and the harm of 100 others, whereas in 1972, in an analogous occasion, 19 folks died from a prepare collision close to Kardhitsa.