Tragic train crash in Greece

Ruins in Larissa, Greece

A collision between two trains in Greece has led to the tragic death of almost 36 people and injuring dozens of others, as authorities announced the death toll had risen on 1 March 2023.

The crash took place near the city of Larissa, north of Athens, and although the circumstances that led to the crash are unclear, several train cars derailed. The train was en route from Athens to Thessaloniki, and collided with a cargo train just before midnight on 28 February 2023.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted today offering “deepest condolences”, writing: “My deepest condolences to the president of Greece and the Greek people for the loss of life in the train collision in northern Greece. The people of Ukraine share the pain of the victims’ families. We wish a speedy recovery to all the injured.”

According to the Greek fire brigade, 66 of 85 people injured in the crash have been taken to hospitals close to Larissa, with six in intensive care.

Since the crash, the President of Greece Katerina Sakellaropoulou visited the site and told Reuters news agency, “Unfortunately, I have to interrupt my visit in order to be close to my people, to support those who need it.”

A police investigation has begun to ascertain the cause of the crash, and witnesses to the scene have begun to give their testimonies.

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