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High speed was the cause for the fatal train accident on Athens-Thessaloniki route

High speed was the cause for the train accident on Athens-Thessaloniki route, an accident that cost the lives of three people and the injury of thirteen. According to the preliminary report of a committee investigating the cause for the accident the train driver had developed a speed of 144.3 km/hour, the Athens News Agency reports on Friday citing sources from the committee.

Maximum speed up to 60 km/h is advised in the rail track before the train station of Adendro for technical reasons.

The scenario of high speed was on the table from the first moment of the fatal train accident last Saturday.

Short before 10 o’ clock Saturday night, the train derailed, several carriages turn on the side, one literally entered the ground floor of a two-storey house. The train driver died on the spot.

Meanwhile, restoration work continues in the area of the train accident.

The house has already been partly demolished, so that train company workers will be able to remove the carriage from the area.

One of the derailed carriages has been removed. The removal of the second with the train canteen  and the front carriage are still due.

Part of the tracks have been repaired.

The full restoration of the railway tracks is expected to conclude in the next ten days.

more pictures from restoration works in emvolos.gr.

See also Train accident: Train derails, crashes into house, 3 dead

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