Atlanta, USA (CNN) — The death toll from a two-train collision in Greece has risen to 32, and more than 85 others have been injured in the accident, according to the Greek fire service on Wednesday.
A spokesman for the Greek emergency services, Vassilis Verthakoiannis, said in a televised press briefing on Wednesday that a passenger train carrying more than 350 people collided with a freight train shortly after midnight local time in the Tempe region, in the center of the country, near the city of Larissa.
The spokesman indicated that at least 150 firefighters and 17 vehicles in addition to 20 ambulances are working on the site in the ongoing rescue operation.
Verthakoyannis said the train was traveling from the Greek capital, Athens, towards Thessaloniki.
At the same time, a spokesman for Greece’s emergency services, Ionis Artobios, told Greek television on Wednesday that search and rescue operations were underway and that the death toll was likely to rise.
Hellenic Train, the Greek railway company, said in a press release that there was a “head-on collision between two trains: a freight train and an IC 62 train that had departed from Athens to Thessaloniki, and about 350 passengers were on board at the time of the collision.”
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