At least 16 dead and dozens injured in horror train collision

At least 16 have been reported dead as well as dozens injured after the deadly collision. The passenger train was passing between Greek cities Thessaloniki and Larissa when it collided with a freight train just before midnight.

There is a large emergency service presence at the scene near Tempi, about 235 miles north of Athens.

Local police stated that several carriages came off the rails, with at least three of them catching fire in the horror incident.

At least 16 people were killed and at least 85 were injured, a fire brigade spokesperson revealed.

Meanwhile, hospital officials in nearby city announced that at least 25 of those injured were in serious condition.

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All survivors have been rescued from the wreckage, Kostas Agorastos, Regional governor of Thessaly, told state broadcaster ERT.

Emergency services are still on the scene looking for the dead among the wreckage, he added.

Mr Agorastos also stated that the first two carriages of the passenger train “are not visible” following the devastating collision.

He said: “This is a terrible night. It’s hard to describe the scene.”

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It is not yet known what caused the deadly incident.

Images and footage released by local media show plumes of thick smoke emerging from the destroyed carriages.

The fire brigade stated that 17 vehicles rushed to the scene to tackle the flames.

According to Reuters, a young man evacuated from the scene said: “There was panic in the carriage, people were screaming.”


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