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At least 36 dead, scores injured as trains collide in Greece

Updated: Jun 12, 2023

(TEMPI, GREECE) At least 36 dead, scores injured as trains collide in Greece

Rescue workers are in a desperate search for survivors after a head-on collision between two trains in central Greece killed dozens of people and injured scores, leaving strewn carriages and heaps of debris in its wake.

At least 36 people were killed when a passenger train carrying more than 350 people collided with a freight train on Tuesday evening, shortly before midnight, in Tempi, central Greece, near the city of Larissa, the Greek Fire Service said. It added that 66 people were being treated for their injuries in hospital, with six in intensive care units.

Most of the passengers involved in the accident were young, the head of the intensive care unit (ICU) at a local hospital where those with injuries are being treated, told state-owned public broadcaster ERT on Wednesday.

The two trains involved in the fatal collision were traveling on the same track for many kilometers before the incident occurred, state-owned public broadcaster ERT reported Wednesday. The passenger train had changed lanes and switched to a cargo track before it collided head-on with a freight train, according to ERT.

The process of identifying victims has also begun, Greek Health Minister Thanos Plevris said early on Wednesday. Speaking outside the hospital in Larissa, Plevris said: “As you understand this is a terrifying process for parents and relatives who are here. We will help them as much as we can.” He said there were “some difficulties” in the identification process, but added that, “Those injured are in relatively good condition.”

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is heading to the scene of the collision, his office confirmed to CNN Wednesday. Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou also announced that she was cutting short a visit to Moldova to return to Greece.

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Incident Number


Alert Type

Critical Incident Notification

Incident Type

Rail Incident

Incident Occurred

February 28, 2023

Alert Posted

March 1, 2023


Tempi, Greece



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