57 dead and 85 injured after two trains collide in Greece. Romanian MFA: No requests for consular assistance yet


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A serious railway accident occurred in Greece. At least 57 people have been killed and 85 injured after two trains collided near the city of Larissa. It is about a train with 350 passengers that went from Athens to Thessaloniki and a freight train that had left Thessaloniki for Larissa. Several carriages derailed, the first two of which were completely destroyed, and at least three caught fire.

40 ambulances were mobilized to the scene and 150 firefighters intervened, and hospitals for the treatment of burn victims immediately went on alert. Doctors in the city of Larissa said at least 25 injured were in serious condition. About 250 passengers were evacuated and transported to Thessaloniki by buses. Rescue efforts continue. The death toll is expected to rise.

From initial information it appears that the passenger train involved, carrying 350 people, started on the wrong route when the track changed. Several carriages derailed, at least three of which caught fire.

The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) transmits that for the moment no requests for assistance have been received from Romanian citizens, in the context of the railway accident.

The representatives of the Romanian Embassy in Athens and the General Consulate of Romania in Thessaloniki continue the dialogue with the Greek authorities, being prepared to provide consular assistance, according to their powers. Romanian citizens can request consular assistance at the telephone number of the Romanian Embassy in Athens +30 210 6728875; +30 210 6728879, and of the Consulate General of Romania in Thessaloniki: +30 2310 340088, calls being redirected to the Contact and Support Center for Romanian Citizens Abroad (CCSCRS) and taken over by Call Center operators on a permanent basis. Also, Romanian citizens facing a difficult, special, urgent situation have at their disposal the emergency telephone number of the Embassy of Romania in Athens +30 6978996222 and the Consulate General of Romania in Thessaloniki +30 6906 479076.

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