Greece restarts suspended train services after deadly crash

Greece reopened some train routes on Wednesday, three weeks after a deadly train crash forced authorities to suspend all rail service across the country over safety concerns.

All passenger and freight services have been halted since a passenger and a cargo train carrying more than 350 people collided head-on on February 28 on the same track near the city of Larissa, killing 57.

Greek Journalists to Hold Strike for Justice for Train Crash Victims

A protest march in Athens on March 3 over the deadly train crash near the city of Larissa. Photo: EPA-EFE/ALEXANDROS BELTES

They are also demanding that journalists be allowed to do their jobs without interference from media owners who usually have their own business agendas.

Other demands listed in a joint statement include better working conditions and salaries.

Two doctors – one a candidate MP – suspended over rail inspector’s ‘bogus’ sick leave

Two doctors working at a hospital in Volos have been suspended from duty pending a disciplinary inquiry after it emerged that they granted 30 days of sick leave to a key Hellenic Railways Organization (OSE) supervisor just hours after the deadly train collision at the nearby Vale of Tempe.

Fierce riots in Athens, police reacted urgently: tear gas, stun grenades PHOTO/VIDEO

More than 50 people died in the accident.
Riots broke out on Syntagma Square, and the police used tear gas and stun grenades, the media reported.

The train disaster in Greece provoked protests by the thousands. About 10,000 people marched in downtown Athens. The police used tear gas and stun grenades.

Deadly Greek train crash prompts strike; relatives give DNA

Family members awaited the results of DNA testing to identify victims of a train crash that killed nearly 60 people in Greece, as workers went on strike Thursday saying the rail system is outdated, underfunded and dangerous.

The government has blamed human error, and a railway official was charged with manslaughter.

Greek PM Blames ‘Tragic’ Human Error for Deadly Train Crash

Rescuers at the scene of the train collision near Larissa in northern Greece, 1 March 2023. Photo: EPA-EFE/ACHILLEAS CHIRAS

"Justice will do its job," Mitsotakis said in a televised address after visiting the crash site. "People will be held accountable, while the state will be on the side of the people." he added.

Strong Earthquake Rocks Central Greece

An earthquake was registered in central Greece today around 12 p.m. The epicenter of the quake was near the town of Larissa.

The Institute of Geophysics told BNR that the epicenter was at a depth of 10 km. The tremor was felt in many places in Bulgaria, including Kardzhali, Plovdiv and in Sofia highrise buildings.

There were no reports of casualties or damage.