The collision between a freight and passenger train in Greece sparked a fire with people trapped in overturned wagons
At least 110 people have been injured and killed in a head-on collision between two trains in northeastern Greece. About 350 passengers were on board one of the trains at the time of the crash, with rescuers pulling many survivors from the wreckage.
The crash took place shortly after midnight on Wednesday near Tempe, close to the east coast of Greece and about 233 kilometers north of the capital Athens.
A representative of the Greek fire service, Vassilis Vathrakogiannis, confirmed 26 fatalities, in addition to about 85 injured. Of the injured, at least 25 are said to be inside “serious condition” after the accident, according to state broadcaster ERT News, which noted that several train cars derailed in the collision.
“It was a very powerful collision. This is a terrible night… It’s hard to describe the scene,’ Costas Agorastos, the regional governor of the Greek region of Thessaly, told state media, adding that about 250 survivors had been evacuated by buses to Thessaloniki.
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Passengers reached by local media described the moment of the crash and said they felt a “strong shock” before the train lost power, forcing panicked travelers to smash windows to escape overturned wagons.
Thirty ambulances are reportedly rushed to the scene to treat the injured, and several hospitals in nearby Larissa are now working on a “emergency base”, local reports added. Firefighters also came to the rescue to fight a blaze that broke out on some cars, while the police and military have also mobilized rescue teams.
It remains unclear what caused the collision, and officials have yet to discuss any investigation into the fatal incident.
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