Accident in Greece, collision between trains: station master arrested

Accident in Greece, collision between trains: station master arrested

Crumpled metal sheets and smoke: this is what remains of the tragic train accident that occurred last night in Greece, the most serious in the country’s history. At least 40 people died, 130 were injured and between 50 and 60 are missing in the collision between two trains near the city of Larissa in central Greece. A passenger train traveling between Athens and Thessaloniki with 354 people on board, many of them students, collided with a freighter. Three cars derailed and one caught fire.

While rescue operations continue as part of the investigation, Larissa’s station master has been arrested. He is 59 years old and is charged with negligent manslaughter and negligent bodily harm. The origin of the tragedy could be a human error hypothesizes the Greek media, where it is underlined, citing the trade unions in the sector, that the train control system is still manual: that is, traffic is regulated by telephone by the station managers , which give the green light for trains to pass. The investigation, coordinated by the magistrate of Larissa Stamatis Daskalopoulos, was immediately opened and the behavior of the managers of the Larissa and Paleofarsalos stations is being checked, to determine which of the two trains was sent to the wrong path.

Source: IL Tempo

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