Anger, sorrow in Greece as train crash death toll rises
Anger and sorrow grew in Greece on Thursday (2 March) over a devastating train crash that killed dozens of passengers along with crew members near the central city of Larissa in the country’s worst rail disaster.
As more bodies were recovered on Thursday, the number of dead rose to 57, among them university students returning home after a long holiday weekend. Scores were injured.
“Pain has turned into anger for the dozens of dead and wounded colleagues and fellow citizens,” the railway workers’ union said. The union launched a strike in protest that ground train services to a halt across the country on Thursday.
“Temperatures of 1,200 degrees and more in the carriages cannot allow for anyone to remain alive.”
About 2,000 people protested in Athens on Thursday – some holding a banner which read “Our lives matter” – until the crowd was dispersed by heavy rain.
As many in Greece demanded answers, the Larissa station master who was working that evening has admitted to having a share of responsibility in the accident, his lawyer Stefanos Pantzartzidis said outside the courthouse.