At least 2 dead as Greek passenger train derails


ATHENS, May 13 (Reuters) - At least two people died and seven more were injured when a train derailed in northern Greece on Saturday night and ripped through a house, authorities said.

The train carrying 70 passengers was heading from Athens to the second-biggest city of Thessaloniki when it derailed in the town of Adendro, some 37 km (23 miles) away, railway company TRAINOSE said. The cause of the accident was not yet known.

One carriage crashed into the ground floor of a two-story house while others toppled onto their sides, their windows smashed.

The driver was in critical condition, TRAINOSE said.

20 PHOTOS
Greece train derailment
See Gallery
Greece train derailment
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
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
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 14, 2017. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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
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
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 TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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 stand next to derailed wagons from a train near the village of Adendro some 40 km west of Thessaloniki, Northern Greece, on May 14, 2017. Two people were killed and four others seriously injured when a train coming from Athens derailed and hit a house near the northern Greek town of Thessaloniki, local police said. / AFP PHOTO / SAKIS MITROLIDIS (Photo credit should read SAKIS MITROLIDIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Derailed wagons from a train lie on the ground near the village of Adendro some 40 km west of Thessaloniki, Northern Greece, on May 14, 2017. Two people were killed and four others seriously injured when a train coming from Athens derailed and hit a house near the northern Greek town of Thessaloniki, local police said. / AFP PHOTO / SAKIS MITROLIDIS (Photo credit should read SAKIS MITROLIDIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Parts of a derailed train wagon that hit a house are seen near the village of Adendro some 40 km west of Thessaloniki, Northern Greece, on May 14, 2017. Two people were killed and four others seriously injured when a train coming from Athens derailed and hit a house near the northern Greek town of Thessaloniki, local police said. / AFP PHOTO / SAKIS MITROLIDIS (Photo credit should read SAKIS MITROLIDIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Derailed wagons from a train lie on the ground near the village of Adendro some 40 km west of Thessaloniki, Northern Greece, on May 14, 2017. Two people were killed and four others seriously injured when a train coming from Athens derailed and hit a house near the northern Greek town of Thessaloniki, local police said. / AFP PHOTO / SAKIS MITROLIDIS (Photo credit should read SAKIS MITROLIDIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Derailed wagons from a train lie on the ground near the village of Adendro some 40 km west of Thessaloniki, Northern Greece, on May 14, 2017. Two people were killed and four others seriously injured when a train coming from Athens derailed and hit a house near the northern Greek town of Thessaloniki, local police said. / AFP PHOTO / SAKIS MITROLIDIS (Photo credit should read SAKIS MITROLIDIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Derailed wagons from a train are seen crashed inside a house near the village of Adendro some 40 km west of Thessaloniki, Northern Greece, on May 14, 2017. Two people were killed and four others seriously injured when a train coming from Athens derailed and hit a house near the northern Greek town of Thessaloniki, local police said. / AFP PHOTO / SAKIS MITROLIDIS (Photo credit should read SAKIS MITROLIDIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Derailed wagons from a train lie on the ground near the village of Adendro some 40 km west of Thessaloniki, Northern Greece, on May 14, 2017. Two people were killed and four others seriously injured when a train coming from Athens derailed and hit a house near the northern Greek town of Thessaloniki, local police said. / AFP PHOTO / SAKIS MITROLIDIS (Photo credit should read SAKIS MITROLIDIS/AFP/Getty Images)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

The fire brigade and the head of the National Emergency Service said two people were killed. Earlier, in a statement on its website, TRAINOSE had said four people died in the crash. It later removed that reference.

"Death came calling," the Athens News Agency quoted Yorgos Mylonas, a local resident, as saying. "I heard a strange noise and then I saw the train approaching and ramming into my neighbor's house," he said.

Some media said five carriages had derailed.

At least 12 fire trucks were deployed to the area, the fire brigade said, in a rescue operation which lasted into the night. (Reporting by Karolina Tagaris; editing by David Clarke, Marguerita Choy and Dan Grebler)

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.