Trains collide in Greece; at least 32 people killed

A deadly train collision killed at least 32 people and wounded 85 more in Greece on Tuesday evening, Reuters reported, adding that rescuers continued recovery work on Wednesday morning.

An intercity passenger train traveling from Athens to the northern city of Thessaloniki collided at high speed with a cargo train outside the city of Larissa in central Greece on late Tuesday (February 28) evening, said the governor of the Thessaly region. The impact caused a fire in a number of the passenger carriages, burning many commuters who were rushed to hospitals.

Local media reported about 350 people were traveling on the passenger train, which departed Athens around 7.30 pm (0530 GMT). The fire brigade said it was informed of the accident shortly before midnight on Tuesday. The cargo train had been traveling from Thessaloniki to Larissa.

According to Reuters report, Greece’s aging railway system is in need of modernizing, with many trains traveling on single tracks and signaling and automatic control systems still to be installed in many areas.