Authorities reported that an accident caused by two trains colliding late Tuesday night near the Greek city of Larissa resulted in at least 32 fatalities and another 85 injuries.
A spokesman for the fire department verified that several carriages left the tracks shortly before midnight after the trains, one carrying 350 passengers and the other freight, collided approximately halfway between Athens and Thessaloniki.
According to spokesman Vassilis Vathrakogiannis, “thirty-two individuals have been discovered dead,” and rescue operations are still ongoing for those who are still trapped.
53 of the 85 injured individuals are still being treated in hospitals.
The cause of the collision between the two cars is still unknown.
The collision is being referred to as the “worst train accident Greece has ever known” by Greek media.
The freight train was traveling in the opposite way from where the passenger train was traveling, from the capital Athens to the northern second-largest city Thessaloniki.
The Greek interior minister Takis Theodorikakos oversaw the reaction from a crisis management center while Greek health minister Thanos Plevris went to the scene. An emergency government meeting was called after the crash.
According to the fire services, the two hospitals close to Larissa have been requisitioned to handle the large number of wounded, and military hospitals in Thessaloniki and Athens are also “on alert” in case they are required.