The Greek government was rocked today by the resignation of the Minister of Transport, following a horrific train crash that left 36 dead and many more injured.
The accident occurred in the early hours of this morning, when a passenger train derailed near the town of Adendro in northern Greece. According to witnesses, the train was travelling at high speed and failed to slow down when it approached a sharp bend in the track.
The Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, has declared a three-day period of national mourning in response to the tragedy. In a statement, he said: “This is an unspeakable tragedy and our hearts go out to the families of those who have lost their lives. We must take every step possible to ensure that such a tragedy never happens again.”
In the wake of the disaster, the Transport Minister, Kostas Karamanlis, offered his resignation. In a statement, he said: “I take full responsibility for this tragedy and I cannot in good conscience continue to serve in my post. I offer my deepest sympathies to the families of those who have lost their lives and I hope that the investigation into the cause of this accident will bring them some measure of justice.”
The investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing, and the government has promised a thorough investigation. In the meantime, the government has pledged to provide support to the families of the victims and to take steps to ensure that such a tragedy never happens again.