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Stationmaster charged in train crash in Greece

Athens, Mar 6 (Prensa Latina) Greek authorities ordered on Monday that Larissa stationmaster Vasilis Samaras remains in custody pending trial after a train crash in which 57 passengers were killed.

Samaras’ lawyer, Stefanos Pantzartzidis, said the defendant appeared on Sunday for more than seven hours to give his version of the accident. After which, he was transferred to prison, where he will remain until the trial, Ta Nea reported.

His appearance occurred when clashes were reported during a demonstration against authorities’ response to the train accident.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis posted a message on social media apologizing for what happened in the tragedy.

The accident occurred when a passenger train with about 350 people collided with a freight train, causing the derailment of three wagons with passengers.

The Greek Government declared three days of national mourning due to the incident.

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