Greece, collision between trains: at least 32 dead and 85 injured
At least 32 people have been killed and 85 injured in a train crash near the city of Larissa in central Greece. Around midnight local time a passenger train traveling between Athens and Thessaloniki with 350 passengers on board collided with a freighter.
Three carriages derailed and one caught fire. Dozens of police officers and 40 firefighters participated in the rescue operations. About thirty ambulances were also on site. Two hospitals in the Larissa area have been requisitioned to accommodate the numerous wounded, 25 of whom are said to be in serious condition. “We are proceeding in very difficult conditions due to the severity of the collision between the two convoys,” explained fire brigade spokesman Vassilis Varthakoyiannis.
he governor of the region, Konstantinos Agorastor, underlined that the clash between the two trains was “very strong”, so much so that the first two carriages of one of the trains were “almost completely” destroyed.