After A Fatal Train Accident, A Greek Stationmaster Was Imprisoned Pending Trial- Regarding a train accident that resulted in at least 57 fatalities, a Greek railway worker has been imprisoned pending trial.
On Sunday, as tensions broke out between police and demonstrators in Athens, the 59-year-old man was taken into custody.
Following the head-on accident between a passenger train and a freight carrier on the Athens-Thessaloniki route late in the evening of February 28, thousands of people demonstrated in the city to support tighter safety regulations.
The station master in the center of Larissa, where the train accident occurred, was the railroad worker who, by Greek law, cannot be named.
He is accused of endangering life and interfering with transportation on several counts.
The eKathimerini newspaper reports that a life sentence could be imposed for the crime of transport safety.
He was in charge of central Greece’s safety for around 20 crucial minutes, according to his attorney Stefanos Pantzartzidis.
Pantzartzidis had previously claimed that while his client was distraught and had taken responsibility “proportionate to him,” other variables were also in play. Nevertheless, he stopped short of going into further detail.
According to railway personnel, the country’s rail network has been deteriorating due to cost-cutting and underinvestment due to Greece’s crippling debt crisis from 2010 to 2018.
The catastrophe was attributed to human error, although Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis recognized that years of neglect could have played a role. “As prime minister, I owe everyone an apology, but the victims’ families most of all,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “Justice will swiftly look into the catastrophe and identify those responsibly.”
The railroad workers’ unions claim that safety systems throughout the rail network have been inadequate because a remote surveillance and signaling system was late in being supplied. They have urged the government to offer a timeline for setting safety standards.
According to Mitsotakis, “it would have been, in practice, unthinkable for the accident to happen” if a remote system had been in place.
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Some 10,000 people gathered on Sunday in Athens by the wide esplanade in front of the parliament to support the victims and demand higher safety standards for the rail system.
Protesters yelled, “That crime won’t be forgotten,” as they let free black balloons into the sky.
“Their policies cost human lives,” read a sign.
Students returning after a weekend break made up many of the crash casualties.
Among those slain on the passenger train were at least nine young persons who were Aristotle University students in Thessaloniki.
Later, the demonstrations in Athens turned violent, with police charging protesters with torching trash cans and hurling Molotov cocktails. To clear the square, police used tear gas and stun grenades in response.