On February 28, 2023, two trains collided head-on in Tempi, near the city of Larissa, killing at least 57 people and injuring dozens more. The accident occurred when one train derailed and collided with another train travelling in the opposite direction. The cause of the accident is still under investigation, but authorities have suggested that it may have been due to a signalling error.
In response to the tragedy, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis issued a public apology to the families of the victims and promised a full investigation into the accident.
“As prime minister, I owe everyone, but above all to the relatives of the victims, a big sorry.” Both personally and in the name of all those who ruled the country for years,” Mitsotakis said.
The prime minister also visited the site of the accident to speak with first responders and meet with the families of the victims. He pledged to provide all necessary resources to support the recovery efforts and ensure that those responsible for the accident are held accountable.
The train collision in Tempi, near the city of Larissa, is one of the deadliest train accidents in recent Greek history. The country’s rail system has come under criticism in recent years for its outdated infrastructure and safety concerns. This tragedy has once again raised concerns about the need for improvements to Greece’s rail system and the importance of investing in infrastructure to ensure public safety.
The investigation into the accident is ongoing, and authorities have promised to provide updates as more information becomes available. In the meantime, the Greek people mourn the loss of those killed in the accident and offer their support to the families affected by this tragedy.