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Greece’s prime minister admits the train accident was not just human error


Thousands of citizens took to the streets of the country’s main cities to protest the incident and demand the government’s resignation.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Prime Minister of Greece Reuters

Marta Canette

Correspondent in Athens

“We cannot, do not want, and should not hide behind human error,” he said. Kyriakos Mitsotakis In a post on social networks 5 days after the tragic accident that claimed the lives of at least 57 people.

The Greek Prime Minister also apologized, for the first time, to the families of the victims, “on a personal level, and to all those who have ruled for years,” stressing that “in Greece for the year 2023, it is unacceptable for two trains to run on the same track without anyone noticing.”

In the coming days, the Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation, Yiorgos Irapetiridis, is expected to announce measures to immediately improve the country’s railway network.

This Saturday, and only 24 hours after announcing the names of the members of the committee charged with clarifying the causes of the accident, one of the three members of the group resigned when his relationship in the past with TRAINOSE as Chairman of the Board announced the aforementioned company.

The protests continue

Thousands of citizens took to the streets of the country’s major cities to protest the incident and demand the government’s resignation. This morning, a massive demonstration took place in the Greek capital, in front of Parliament, without incident.

The head of the Larissa station, Vassilis Samaras, testified Sunday morning to the authorities. Emergency teams working on the scene were able to recover the passenger train’s black box, which will provide data about the speed at which the convoy was traveling and whether the brake mechanisms were activated prior to the frontal collision.

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Over the weekend, the first funerals were held for those killed in the crash. A government spokesman said a few days ago that the public treasury would bear the burial expenses. A state funeral was held in the Orthodox Cathedral in Athens, this Saturday morning, and was attended by the President of the Republic, the Greek Prime Minister and various ministers.

To date, 55 of the 57 bodies recovered have been identified as rescue teams continue to search for human remains among the remains of the passenger train’s carriages.


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