While the death toll in a train crash in neighboring Greece has risen to 57, there are fears that the number of burning corpses could rise.
As an angry public continued to protest across the country, a government official said the austerity policies implemented during Greece’s economic crisis in the 2000s led to a lack of investment in railways.
It was reported that the death toll in a train accident that occurred the day before in northern Greece has risen to 57 and at least 10 people are still missing.
Rescuers, including firefighters, are searching for survivors after a passenger train carrying more than 350 people collided with a freight train in the town of Tempi, near the city of Larisa, causing the front carriages to derail and burst into flames.
14 BURNED BODY FOUND
Roubini Leontari, head of the Larissa City Forensic Medical Institute, told local TV channel Real FM that at least 14 more charred bodies had been found.
While some carriages are completely engulfed in flames, rescuers are concerned that most of the missing bodies are stuck here.
It was reported that at least 72 injured passengers were hospitalized, 15 of them were discharged. According to the latest information, the condition of six intubated patients remains critical.
Among the injured are 9 railway workers and students returning from Larissa and Athens to their schools in the northern port city of Thessaloniki.
ECONOMIC CRISIS HURT INVESTMENT IN RAILWAYS
Greek Deputy Health Minister Zoe Rapti, who visited a hospital where relatives of the missing had gathered, said investing in the rail network had become more difficult due to Greece’s debt crisis in 2010, which led to tough austerity measures from the EU and the International Monetary Fund. in exchange for financial assistance.
“Of course, something had to be done in these years, but as you remember, Greece has been facing a major economic crisis for more than 10 years, which means that a lot has gone backwards,” Rapti said. said.
Government spokesman Yiannis Oikonomous said the “chronic delays” in the implementation of railway projects are due to years of “distortions” in the country’s public sector.
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