Tragedy struck in Greece on February 28 when two trains collided in Tempi, near the city of Larissa. The accident occurred shortly before midnight and claimed the lives of at least 32 people, while more than 85 were injured. The passenger train, which was carrying over 350 people, collided with a freight train resulting in severe damage to both trains.
One survivor recounted his experience of the accident, saying, “We just heard a bang… the (train) car started spinning, before ending up sideways when we managed to exit. It was 10 nightmarish seconds with fire, you couldn’t see much from the smoke.” Another passenger described the incident as a nightmare, revealing that there was smoke and flames during the collision.
The focus of the rescue efforts is currently on the first two carriages of the passenger train, and the death toll is expected to rise. The passenger train had been traveling from Athens to Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-largest city. The collision followed a nationwide carnival at the weekend which ended with a public holiday on Monday.
Images on Greece’s state-owned public broadcaster ERT showed plumes of thick smoke pouring out of the toppled carriages, and long lines of rescue vehicles next to them. Meanwhile, rescue workers with torches searched carriages for survivors as paramedics led shell-shocked passengers from the scene.
The Greek railway company, Hellenic Train, released a statement describing the incident as a “head-on collision between two trains: a freight train and train IC 62 which had departed from Athens to Thessaloniki.” Recovery efforts are still underway as authorities try to establish the cause of the collision. This tragic event has left the nation in mourning and has led to an outpouring of condolences and support for the victims and their families.
At least 32 people are reported to have been killed and dozens injured after two trains collided in Greece.— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 1, 2023
Police said several carriages came off the rails, with at least three of them catching fire
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