Greece: At least 32 dead in train crash


32 people die in serious train accident, 85 injured

Almost 400 kilometers north of the Greek capital Athens there was a serious train accident during the night. A freight train collided with a passenger train and wagons caught fire.


A freight train and a passenger train have collided between Athens and Thessaloniki. (March 1, 2023)


  • A serious train accident occurred between Athens and Thessaloniki in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday.

  • The death toll has since risen to 32.

  • Over 80 people were injured.

  • 350 people are said to have been on board.

At least 32 people were killed when a freight train collided with a passenger train on Wednesday night in central Greece, authorities confirmed to local media. 85 people were injured. “The search continues,” said a fire department spokesman. Numerous hospitals were put on alert. It was said that 350 travelers and 20 railway workers were on board the trains.

Greek television showed videos from the scene of the accident near Tempi in central Greece. Carriages of both trains were smashed. Firefighters and rescue workers tried to find survivors in the rubble.

No details were available from official sources about the circumstances of the accident. According to initial information from railway workers, a passenger train that had started from Athens collided head-on with a freight train coming from the opposite direction – from the northern Greek port of Thessaloniki. The passenger train is the Intercity 62, which left Athens at 7:22 p.m. on Tuesday evening for Thessaloniki.

The route, which connects Athens with the northern Greek port of Thessaloniki, has been modernized in recent years. The Greek railways (Hellenic Train) are operated by the Italian state railway Ferroviaria dello Stato Italiano (FS). Railway workers said on the Greek broadcaster Real FM that, despite the modernization, there were significant problems with the electrical coordination of traffic control.

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