At least 36 dead in a railway collision in Greece


A passenger and freight train collided in central Greece in the Evangelismos area, outside the Tempi tunnel, with rescue crews evacuating passengers from the burning carriages. Seven of the victims were found charred. About 130 were injured, of which 66 were taken care of in the hospitals of Larissa, Katerinis and Thessaloniki.
Among the dead are many young children, students who were returning from Larissa to the University of Thessaloniki. All nine workers of the Greek state railway operator OSE are also dead. What is particularly worrying about the death toll is that all the victims were pulled from the third carriage, while the search for the first and second carriages did not begin until 9am local time, the Ta Nea daily newspaper reports.
There were about 350 passengers in the passenger train, and about 20 railway workers in the freight train. SKAI television showed footage showing derailed carriages and thick clouds of smoke. Members of the Police, 40 firefighters and around 30 ambulances are at the scene of the accident, reports local media Onlarissa.

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