Tragic train accident in Greece: at least 26 dead and dozens injured

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A tragic train accident that caused him the at least 26 people died, and left 85 others wounded, shocking Greece on Tuesday. The accident occurred near the city of Lárisa, in the center of the country, between a formation that had 350 passengers on board and a convoy carrying goods.

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“At least 26 people have been found dead so far,” a Greek fire brigade spokesman told a news conference, noting that the rescue operation was still ongoing.

In that direction, he added that “85 people were injured and were transferred to hospitals in the surrounding area”. He confirmed, in parallel, that three carriages of the train traveling between Athens and Thessaloniki derailedwhich resulted in a head-on collision near Tempe, about 380 kilometers north of Athens.

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According to local television, one of the wagons caught fire and several people were trapped. According to the ANA news agency, the fire was put out during the night by firefighters.

Smoke rises from train carriages as firefighters and rescuers work after a train crash near the city of Larissa, Greece on Wednesday, March 1, 2023. (AP Photo/Vaggelis Kousioras)

Smoke rises from train carriages as firefighters and rescuers work after a train crash near the city of Larissa, Greece on Wednesday, March 1, 2023. (AP Photo/Vaggelis Kousioras)

The governor of the region, Kostas Agorastros, assured that “it was a very strong shock” and declared that “more than 250 passengers were transferred by bus to Thessaloniki”. “Unfortunately, the number of wounded and dead is likely to be high“, He added.

In this context, the Greek government organized a crisis meeting after the event.

Thirty ambulances arrived at the crash site to treat the multiple injured, who were taken to the Larisa City University Hospital and Katerinis City Hospital.

In addition to the firefighters, the Police and the Army were mobilized to help in the rescue activities, which activated an alert protocol as required in the event of this type of accident.

Lazos, a passenger questioned by the Protothema newspaper, said: “We have experienced something very shocking.” “I’m not hurt, but I am stained with other people’s blood who were wounded next to me,” he said.

Railway accidents in Croatia and Pakistan

At least three dead and 11 injured were the toll from the tragic accident involving a passenger train and a freight train in September last year, in the central region of Croatia.

As indicated by the local police through a statement, the clash took place near the town of Novska, which is located near the border with Bosnia.

The impact was huge”, said Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, who immediately went to the crash site together with other officials. He also confirmed that the lifeless bodies of three people were found at the crash site.

The passenger train was traveling on a local line and was carrying 13 passengers, while only the engineer was traveling on the freight train, Plenkovic said.

Fatal train crash in Croatia.  AP photo.

Fatal train crash in Croatia. AP photo.

Another story of tragic train accidents was recorded in June 2022 in Pakistan. Three people died and dozens were injured when two passenger trains collided after a derailment in a remote area of ​​southern Sindh province.

With information from agencies.

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Source: Clarin

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