April 1, 2023


Rescue effort underneath means after a passenger prepare carrying 350 individuals collided with a cargo prepare close to the central metropolis of Larissa.

Not less than 16 individuals have been killed and dozens injured after a head-on collision between a passenger and cargo prepare in Greece.

The crash befell exterior the central metropolis of Larissa late on Tuesday when a passenger prepare heading from Athens to the northern metropolis of Thessaloniki collided with a cargo prepare touring from Thessaloniki to Larissa.

The hearth brigade mentioned the circumstances of the crash remained unclear. Not less than 85 individuals had been harm and rescue groups had been looking for survivors within the wreckage strewn alongside the railway tracks.

“The collision was very robust,” Konstantinos Agorastos, the governor of the Thessaly area advised SKAI TV, including the primary 4 carriages of the passenger prepare had derailed, whereas the primary two carriages had been “nearly fully destroyed”.

Agorastos mentioned about 250 passengers had been evacuated safely to Thessaloniki on buses.

SKAI confirmed footage of derailed and crushed carriages and cargo containers, with particles strewn throughout the highway. Rescue staff with high-powered torches had been looking out in carriages for trapped passengers.

A significant emergency response was underneath means involving police and firefighters. About 30 ambulances had been dispatched to the scene, native media outlet Onlarissa reported.

“There was panic within the carriage, individuals had been screaming,” a younger man who was evacuated to a close-by bridge advised SKAI TV.

A passenger named Lazos advised the newspaper Protothema that the expertise had been “very surprising”.

“I wasn’t harm however I used to be stained with blood from different individuals who had been harm close to me,” he mentioned.

Native media reported about 350 individuals had been on the prepare.

“The evacuation of passengers is underneath means in very troublesome circumstances given the severity of the collision of the 2 trains,” fireplace brigade spokesman Vassilis Varthakogiannis mentioned in a televised tackle.

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