March 1, 2023 - A passenger train carrying hundreds of people collided at high speed with an oncoming freight train in a fiery wreck in northern Greece, killing 32 people and injuring at least 85 others.
Multiple cars derailed, and at least three burst into flames after the collision near the town of Tempe.
“There were many big pieces of steel,” Vassilis Polyzos, a resident who was one of the first people on the scene, told The Associated Press. “The trains were completely destroyed, both passenger and freight trains.”
“People, naturally, were scared -- very scared,” he said. “They were looking around, searching; they didn’t know where they were.”
The trains crashed just before the Vale of Tempe, a gorge that separates the regions of Thessaly and Macedonia.
The Greek government announced on Wednesday there will be a three-day official mourning following the deadliest train collision in the country’s history.