- At night, a passenger train and a freight train collide at high speed.
- Trains were sharing the same track – the regional governor
- Around 350 people on the passenger train and two crew members on the cargo train
- Collided near Larissa, the site of a fatal rail accident 50 years ago.
- Greece’s aging railway system requires modernization.
LARISSA, Greece, (The Continent Times) A passenger train and a freight train collided head-on in Greece, killing at least 36 people and injuring 85 others in the country’s deadliest rail crash in decades.
According to a fire department official, the death toll is expected to rise. Sixty-six of those injured were hospitalised, six of whom in intensive care, the official said.
As the passenger train emerged from a tunnel, the accident occurred. On the scene, severely damaged derailed carriages with shattered windows and thick plumes of smoke were visible.