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Several people killed after passenger train and freight train collide in Greece | World News

Several people are reported to have been killed and dozens injured after two trains collided in Greece.

A passenger train travelling between Thessaloniki and Larissa collided with a freight train just before midnight near Tempi, about 235 miles north of Athens.

Police said several carriages came off the rails, with at least three of them catching fire.

A fire brigade spokesperson said that 16 people were killed and at least 85 were injured.

Hospital officials in Larissa said that at least 25 of those injured were in serious condition.

Regional governor of Thessaly, Kostas Agorastos told state broadcaster ERT that all survivors had been rescued from the wreckage and emergency services were now only looking for the dead.

He said the collision was so violent that the first two carriages of the passenger train “are not visible”.

“This is a terrible night,” he said. “It’s hard to describe the scene.”

Ambulances from several nearby towns were called in to take injured passengers to hospitals, while rescue workers continued to work in the thick smoke.

Government officials said the army has been asked to help with the rescue and two more hospitals in Larissa have been placed on emergency duty.

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