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Two Trains Collide in Greece, Several Dead and Dozens Wounded

In the late hours of February 28th two trains collided in Tempi, Greece, one of which was a passenger train carrying approximately 350 people. Already at least 29 people are dead and at least 80 injured (these numbers are subject to change as rescue efforts continue) as massive rescue operations take place trying to save those trapped in the wreckage. The other train was a freight train. Four of the train cars from the passenger train derailed after impact, and some of them reportedly immediately caught fire. As of 1:30 local time the fires were extinguished.

40 firefighters and 17 fire vehicles were deployed to the crash site. The rescue efforts are primarily focused on the first two cars of the passenger train, which have been completely destroyed. Emergency police and military forces have also been deployed to the area. Many of the injured have been transported the General Larissa hospital and the University of Larissa hospitals. Several of the 29 dead succumbed to their wounds at these hospitals.


The train wreckage.

 

Prime Minister Mitsotakis is receiving constant updates on the situation. He was set to visit Thessaloniki tomorrow, but due to the derailment his trip has been postponed.

Sébastien Gray
Sébastien Gray
Sébastien is a published journalist and historicist with over six years of experience in freelance journalism and research. His primary expertise is in African conflict and politics, with additional specialization in Israeli/Palestinian and Armenia/Azerbaijan conflicts. Sébastien serves as the deputy desk chief for Africa.

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