Protests have erupted in Greece over the rail crash which killed 43 people, with many seeing it as an accident that had been waiting to happen.


Rioters clashed with police outside the headquarters of Hellenic Train in Athens - the company responsible for maintaining Greece's railways.

抗议者在雅典希腊火车总部外与警察发生冲突 - 该公司负责维护希腊铁路。

Protests were also held in Thessaloniki and the city of Larissa, near where the disaster happened on Tuesday night.


The government has said an independent investigation will deliver justice.


Three days of national mourning have been declared across the country following the incident, in which a passenger service crashed head on into a freight train, causing the front carriages to burst into flames.


The front carriages of the passenger train were mostly destroyed.


Many of the 350 passengers on board were students in their 20s returning to Thessaloniki after a long weekend celebrating Greek Orthodox Lent.


Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said "tragic human error" was to blame for the disaster.

总理基里亚科斯·米佐塔基斯(Kyriakos Mitsotakis)表示,“悲惨的人为错误”是这场灾难的罪魁祸首。

A 59-year-old station master in Larissa has been charged with manslaughter by negligence. He has denied any wrongdoing, blaming the crash on a technical fault.


Rail unx members believe safety systems were not working properly, with repeated warnings about this over many years.


In protest and mourning, rail workers are planning on striking on Thursday at what they say is official neglect of the railways.

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"Pain has turned into anger for the dozens of dead and wounded colleagues and fellow citizens," the workers' unx said in a statement announcing the strike.


"The disrespect shown over the years by governments to the Greek railways led to the tragic result," it added in comments cited by Reuters news agency.

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Transport Minister Kostas Karamanlis resigned over the disaster, saying he would take responsibility for the authorities' "long-standing failures" to fix a railway system he said was not fit for the 21st Century.

交通部长科斯塔斯·卡拉曼利斯(Kostas Karamanlis)因灾难引咎辞职,称他将对当局修复铁路系统的“长期失败”负责,他说铁路系统不适合21世纪。

But outside a hospital where bodies of the train crash's victims were being brought, a banner was hung claiming that any systemic failings would be covered up in the official investigation now under way.

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At a silent vigil in Larissa on Wednesday to commemorate the victims of the incident, one demonstrator said he felt the disaster had only been a matter of time.


"The rail network looked problematic, with worn down, badly paid staff," Nikos Savva, a medical student from Cyprus, told AFP news agency.

“铁路网络看起来有问题,工作人员疲惫不堪,薪水很低,”来自塞浦路斯的医学生Nikos Savva告诉法新社。

The station master arrested should not pay the price "for a whole ailing system", he added.


"This is an inadmissible accident. We've known this situation for 30 years," a doctor based in Larissa, Costas Bargiotas, told AFP.

“这是一次不可接受的事故。我们已经知道这种情况30年了,“一位位于拉里萨的医生Costas Bargiotas告诉法新社。

A vigil was also held in Athens, outside the offices of Hellenic Train. Later in the day, things turned violent in the same area, with police using tear gas to disperse protesters who threw stones and lit fires in the streets.


At the site of the country's worst ever train crash, rescuers yet again worked through the night.


Families have been arriving at a nearby hospital to give DNA samples so that their missing loved ones may be identified.


But this will become an increasingly difficult process as more remains are retrieved of those who were at the front of the passenger train and who bore the full force of the head-on collision and the fire that then ripped through their carriages.


Fire brigade spokesperson Vassilis Varthakogiannis said temperatures inside the first carriage had reached 1,300C (2,370F), which made it "hard to identify the people who were inside".

消防队发言人Vassilis Varthakogiannis表示,第一节车厢内的温度已达到1,300摄氏度(2,370华氏度),这使得“很难识别里面的人”。

People lit candles and laid flowers outside the railway station in Larissa on Wednesday


Protesters gathered outside the offices of Hellenic Train in Athens