Greece Mourns Worst Rail Disaster in Decades, Station Manager Arrested

Greece is reeling in the wake of its worst rail disaster in decades, after a passenger train carrying around 350 people collided with a freight train near the city of Larissa on Tuesday.[0] On Wednesday, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis declared that the incident was “mainly due to tragic human error.”[1] The country's federal Transportation Minister Kostas Karamanlis announced his resignation the same day, saying it was his “duty” to do so “as a minimum sign of respect” to the victims.[2]

At least 43 people were killed and 85 injured in the crash, which took place near the town of Tempe, about 255 miles north of Athens.[3] Many of the passengers were university students returning home after celebrating Carnival.[3]

The station manager of a train station in Larissa was taken into custody as part of the inquiry into the collision that occurred.[1] Supreme Court Prosecutor Isidoros Dogiakos has called on the investigating Larissa prosecutor to broaden his search in all directions to identify those responsible for the deadly rail collision.[4]

Protests against the neglect of the Greek railways erupted in Athens and other cities, with demonstrations in Thessaloniki and Patras turning violent when protesters began throwing stones and petrol bombs.[5]

Hellenic Train, which was among an array of public utilities privatised at the height of the country’s debt crisis, has long been criticized for staffing shortfalls and outdated equipment.[6]

The crash has left the nation in deep mourning and seeking justice for the victims.

0. “Hard Numbers: Greek train crash, US attaches strings to chip cash, Serbia and Kosovo outline peace, camel copies for sale” GZERO Media, 2 Mar. 2023,

1. “Anger boils over train crash in Greece, as audio released of driver being told to ignore red light” CNN, 3 Mar. 2023,

2. “The Horrific Greek Train Tragedy”, 2 Mar. 2023,

3. “Dozens dead in Greek rail collision between passenger and freight trains” The Week, 1 Mar. 2023,

4. “Anger Grows as Greece Counts Its Dead from the Train Disaster” Greek Reporter, 3 Mar. 2023,

5. “Rescue and recovery efforts continue after Greece train collision kills dozens” CBS News, 1 Mar. 2023,

6. “Greek train crash: effort to find bodies expected to end as anger grows” The Guardian, 3 Mar. 2023,

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