Greek Train Head On Collision (and Derailment) Kills 36, Station Master Arrested, Transport Minister Resigns – vid clip – March 01 2023

Greek Train Head On Collision (and Derailment) Kills 36, Station Master Arrested, Transport Minister Resigns – vid clip

Posted By: NightSky [Send E-Mail]
Date: Wednesday, 1-Mar-2023 12:12:43

A horrific tragedy. Yet, it might be interesting to see what kinds of political decisions Greece makes, in the next few weeks.~NightSky Elli Kasholi told the BBC that 20-25 people were missing after the crash but that some may have left the scene without being accounted for.►Greek Transport Minister Kostas Karamanlis resigned Wednesday, saying he felt it was his duty to step down out of “respect for the memory of the people who died so unfairly.”John Bacon
USA TODAYThe death toll rose to 36 and a railroad worker was arrested Wednesday after the fiery, head-on collision of passenger and freight trains near the town of Tempe in northern Greece.More than 80 people were injured, and the Greek government declared three days of national mourning.Rail operator Hellenic Train said the passenger train was traveling from Athens to Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-largest city and a popular tourist destination that describes itself as the “gateway to the Aegean Sea.” The train carried more than 300 people, including many university students returning home from Carnival, a three-day national party that precedes the Christian season of Lent.Multiple cars derailed and at least three burst into flames after the two trains ran into each other at high speed just before midnight Tuesday, authorities said.Rescue crews spent hours combing through the wreckage, listening for the calls of survivors. Cranes were brought in to slowly peel away layers of the twisted, burned steel.The stationmaster in the Greek city of Larissa, near where two trains collided Tuesday night, has been charged with manslaughter by negligence and grievous bodily harm by negligence, police said. The stationmaster, who is in charge of signaling, denies wrongdoing and has blamed the accident on a possible technical failure, the BBC reported.A police statement identified the suspect only as a 59-year-old man. Two other people have been detained for questioning, police said. Authorities did not immediately reveal their connection to the crash, and no cause was immediately revealed.Much more (including pics) on link

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