Friday, March 3, 6.00pm.  Today the NY Times slammed the Greek authorities (link here): “Greece’s rail system consistently ranks among the continent’s most dangerous despite receiving $700 million in modernization money from the European Union over the past decade. And the installation of the new safety system became so bogged down that a senior government official quit last year to protest what he called “unjustifiable delays.”

Greece declared National Mourning for three days. 

BBC Reports: The number of dead is now 57… Anger is boiling…

The collapse of the whole political system is upon us…  Almost 50 years since 1974, where the political mafia-like families (Mitsotakis, Karamanlis, Papandreou) devastated the country, led it to bankruptcy, with fatal results in all sectors such as the rail “accident”.  Reuters reports: Greece train crash: victims’ families grieve as protests grow.

The Hellenic American National Council (HANC) issued an announcement that says it all HANC – ACCIDENT ANNOUNCEMENT) – here in English: The Hellenic American National Council expresses its most profound sorrow for the train accident in Tempi, Greece, with dozens of dead, missing, and even more injured. The suffering of all of us is unspeakable as we share the pain of the relatives of the victims and the entire Greek nation. At the same time, we express our indignation at the fatal omissions of multiple officials responsible for the maintenance and modernization of railway infrastructure. The fragile clientelist political system of Greece was laid bare. May this terrible accident be an occasion for the fundamental restructuring of the Greek state based on rationality and meritocracy.

Wednesday, March 1, 6.00 pm: It became known that just two weeks ago, on February 15, The European Commission had decided to refer GREECE to the Court of Justice of the European Union for failure to comply with rules on railway transport (EUROPEAN COMMISSION PRESS RELEASE)!!  Amazing!!

Also, it was known that the Station Chief in Larissa gave the wrong signal to the passenger train on its way north (link here).

EDITOR’S NOTE: Images of devastation have come out of Greece as rescuers try to save people from a nightmarish train crash in Central Greece in Tempe, near Larissa.  This area is known for a notoriously narrow passage in a valley at the foothills of Olympus mountain and there is only a single rail line for a few miles.  Because the passage’s difficulty in the area is well known even to schoolchildren in Greece, any mistake or mishandling in the area is absolutely inexcusable… But state bureaucracy in Greece is even more notorious for its corruption – and the deals they made to sell Greek Trains to the Italians a few years ago have had very negative results, detailed in a series of emails from the workers’ unions to the Ministry of Transportation…  




Greece train crash: Pictures of devastation as dozens killed

An aerial image shows the derailed trains in the daylightIMAGE SOURCE,REUTERS
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Authorities worked through the night to rescue survivors from the wreckage

Two trains have collided in northern Greece, killing at least 36 people and injuring more than 60 others.

The crash happened late Tuesday night near the city of Larissa, when a passenger train carrying hundreds of passengers hit a freight train travelling in the opposite direction.

Pictures have been coming in which show the extent of the devastation.

Police and emergency crews search the debris of a crushed wagon after the train accident.IMAGE SOURCE,GETTY IMAGES
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Cranes are being used to lift the wreckage during the search operation
Rescuers operate at the site of a crash.IMAGE SOURCE,REUTERS
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Fire crews and rescuers search as the train wreckage is lifted
Rescue workers at the scene of the crash.IMAGE SOURCE,GETTY IMAGES
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About 40 ambulances and 150 firefighters attended the scene
Rescue workers around trainIMAGE SOURCE,REUTERS
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The fire brigade said it received news of a crash shortly before midnight
A rescue worker stands next to the smashed train
When they arrived, they found the two front carriages of the passenger train were completely destroyed
The damage to the side of the trainIMAGE SOURCE,REUTERS
Firefighters and rescue workers searched through the night for anyone who may still be trapped in the trains

They described tragic scenes as they raced to find survivors.

“We are pulling out people alive, injured… there are dead,” one volunteer rescue worker told state TV. “We are living through a tragedy.”

A group of firefighters look at the crushed carriageIMAGE SOURCE,REUTERS
One exhausted rescue worker told AFP he had never seen anything like this crash
A firefighter climbs up a ladder near the damaged trainIMAGE SOURCE,GETTY IMAGES
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One of the train’s carriages was set on fire after it rolled off the tracks

It is not yet clear what caused the crash.

A male paramedic attends to an injured woman in an ambulanceIMAGE SOURCE,REUTERS
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After treating them for injuries, paramedics transported people to hospital
Two women wrapped in metal blankets walk off a bus
Two women embrace at the Thessaloniki railway station
Survivors have told of panic in the carriages as the trains collided
A man wearing a silver blanket stands near the ambulance



  1. Pete Buttigieg must also be the Secretary in charge of Greece’s Department of Transportation. Such incompetence abound everywhere just like aging infrastructure. If you think what we have here in America is in bad shape…It’s way worse, more antiquated in Europe.

    Nobody cares about anyone else anymore. It’s just a “job”. At the end of the day, the guys in charge still get to collect a paycheck, go home to their nice cushy sofas and relax watching TV, or dine out with a bottle of fine wine and still be able to call it a day.

  2. Apparently, at 59, he was deemed too old, and only after a 5-month training stint, did the Greek Station-Master in question begin to “stationmaster”– they know this was incompetence, and democrats both here and in Greece get away with Monday morning quarterbacked’ apologies, while republicans pay the highest penalties. Let’s see how they “apologize” this one? Wait for the blame game and wait for them to blame “conservatives.” As for our situation with Pete B.– if he was a republican, he’d be out faster than you could say “Bozo.” Apologies for some– huge penalties for others. Same in Greece- same here- who suffers? We, the People…When we get them out of office (almost impossible with their cheating mechanisms in place)-then we may see justice for all… many lives will be lost from their indifference to human life. It will always be about “power” with the dems.


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