Thursday 26 April 2018

Four people killed, several injured after train derails and crashes through house in northern Greece

Rescuers stand near the site of a fatal train derailment close to the northern city of Thessaloniki, Greece on Sunday, May 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)
Rescuers stand near the site of a fatal train derailment close to the northern city of Thessaloniki, Greece on Sunday, May 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)
A train carriage is seen after crashing into a house following a train derailment, in the town of Adendro in northern Greece, May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis
A derailed train carriage is seen toppled in the town of Adendro in northern Greece, May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis
A train carriage is seen after crashing into a house following a train derailment, in the town of Adendro in northern Greece, May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis
A derailed train carriage is seen toppled in the town of Adendro in northern Greece, May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis
A train carriage is seen next to a house following a train derailment, in the town of Adendro in northern Greece, May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis
A train carriage is seen after crashing into a house following a train derailment, in the town of Adendro in northern Greece, May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis
A firefighter walks past the damaged engine of a train that derailed and crashed in the town of Adendro in northern Greece, May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis
Firefighters walk past the damaged engine of a train that derailed and crashed in the town of Adendro in northern Greece, May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis
People stand next to damaged railway tracks after a train derailed and crashed in the town of Adendro in northern Greece, May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis
Firefighters work near debris after a train derailed and crashed in the town of Adendro in northern Greece, May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis
Firefighters work on a train wagon that derailed and crashed, during a rescue operation in the town of Adendro in northern Greece, May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis
Parts of a train are seen after it derailed and crashed in the town of Adendro in northern Greece, May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis
Firefighters work next to parts of a train that derailed and crashed, during a rescue operation in the town of Adendro in northern Greece, May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis

Costas Kantouris

An intercity train derailed in northern Greece, leaving four passengers dead and five seriously injured, including the driver, the state railway has said.

The train, with 70 passengers, was travelling on the Athens-Thessaloniki route when it went off the rails and crashed through a house by the village of Adendro, 25 miles west of Thessaloniki, on Saturday night.

"I was sitting on my porch. I saw a flash and immediately heard a terrible explosion," Giorgos Mylonas, 78, told The Associated Press.

"Then I saw the train enter (a nearby) house and heard the two Albanians who live there scream for help."

One of the three-storey house's two tenants said he and his friend jumped from the balcony.

"We heard a terrible explosion and we were very scared," said Mir, 26, who only gave his first name.

The train's engine went right through the house, whose bottom floor is storage space. The house is now tilting.

A local official, Mavroudis Mintsioudis, said: "The whole house is now leaning on the train, which shows you how severe the crash was."

Emergency workers, along with two dozen fire trucks and many ambulances, were on the scene. Police would not let anyone get close, but a dog sniffing through the wreck could be seen alongside firefighters.

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