Cartoon hauntingly depicts the train collision tragedy in Greece

Arkas train collision greece larissa march 1, 2023.

The train collision near Larissa has left no one in Greece unmoved. Arkas made a creepy sketch of the collision.

The post has already been "shared" thousands of times, while the comments under it are constantly multiplying.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis has described the crash as "an unspeakable tragedy".

The Greek prime minister said it was "very difficult" and offered his sincere condolences to the victim's relatives.

Mitsotakis, who earlier visited the scene, tweeted: "Our duty now is to treat the wounded and be by their side. From there, one thing I can guarantee: we will find out the causes of this tragedy and do everything in our power to make sure it never happens again."

Meanwhile, Greece will pay for the funerals of those who died in the train crash, the Greek government has announced.

The decision to pay for the services at public expense was taken by the minister of the interior Makis Voridis and minister of finance Christos Staikouras, according to local media.

So far, the authorities have confirmed the deaths of 36 people.

Flags on all public buildings in the country are flying at half mast and public events have been suspended as part of three days of national mourning.

The Greek fire department has said the number of people killed in the train crash is expected to rise.

According to the Greek newspaper Proto Thema, a spokesperson for the fire service said about 72 had been hospitalised.

He said identifying people was also proving "very difficult" because temperatures exceeded 1,300C where the fire broke out.

The station master of the city of Larissa has been charged with manslaughter by negligence.

Police say the 59-year-old has also been charged with grievous bodily harm by negligence.

The station master, who is in charge of signalling, denies any wrongdoing and has blamed the accident on a possible technical failure.

Investigators are trying to find out why the two trains were on the same track when they crashed near Larissa.

The President of Greece, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, has described the train crash as an "unimaginable tragedy".

Local media reported Sakellaropoulou said in a statement: "We are facing an unimaginable tragedy, we mourn mainly young people.

"We share the pain of those who have lost their loved ones, although we know that their pain is so great that no comforting words can ease it. We are fighting for the injured and hope they get well soon.

"We thank the rescue crews and the medical staff, who give all their strength to the extrication and rescue operations. I express my deep sorrow and sympathy to the families of the victims. We are by their side."

The president was an official trip to Moldova, but has now cut the trip short to visit the crash site.

We also heard earlier from a government spokesperson, Giannis Oikonomou, who said the priority is now treating the injured and supporting the relatives of victims.

"We express our deepest sorrow for the tragic train accident in Tempi", he said, adding: "This is an unspeakable tragedy."

Oikonomou said the government's thoughts were with those affected and confirmed psychologists were heading to Larissa.

"Our priority now is treating the injured, searching and finding missing people in the debris and offering psychological support to the relatives of the victims. by psychologists who are heading to the Larissa city."

The transport minister for Greece has said the exact number of victims is still not known.

Local media reported Kostas Karamanlis said the causes would be investigated with transparency and seriousness.

"Today is a truly sad day, all of us here express our pain and sorrow. The thoughts of all of us are with the victims and their families."

Speaking from the scene of the collision, Karamanlis described it as a "very difficult search and rescue operation", adding: "We still do not know the exact number of victims.

"I would like us to remain calm and remain committed to doing everything we can to investigate the causes and not to sweep anything under the carpet."

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1 Comment
  1. This is beyond a tragedy. My heart is beyond broken.

    I live in the United States, there have several train derailments in different states lately, with several deaths, destruction, damage to the environment and to people’s health with NO accountability.

    If that isn’t bad enough, now, there have been several “near-misses” in the sky with airplanes , airline pilots sharing the same runway trying to land at the same time.

    May all of the deceased victims memories be eternal.

    Let’s all light the traditional memorial candles in our Greek Orthodox churches and pray for their souls.