26 killed, 85 injured in head-on collision of two trains

Greece: 26 killed, 85 injured in head-on collision of two trains

World News Desk!! At least 26 people were killed and 85 others were injured in a head-on collision between two trains in Greece. National broadcaster ERT gave this information on Wednesday. ERT said 25 of the injured were in critical condition and were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment, Xinhua news agency reported. A passenger train traveling from Athens to the northern city of Thessaloniki and a freight train collided in the Evangelismos area near Larissa, the country’s fourth largest city, late Tuesday night, according to the country’s national news agency AMNA. About 350 people were aboard the passenger train.

The cause of the accident is not clear. Several coaches were derailed after the strong collision and at least three caught fire. Wagons 1 and 2 do not exist, the regional governor of Thessaly Kostas Agorastos told ERT. Due to the severity of the collision, they ejected. The Greek Fire Service said the death toll was expected to rise. At least 150 firefighters, along with 17 vehicles and 40 ambulances, are currently involved in the ongoing rescue operation, said Vassilis Varthkogiannis, a spokesman for the Greek Fire Service.


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