1 March 2023: Tempe, Greece

Dozens of passengers were killed near Tempe, Greece, when two trains collided at high speed, head on. One train was carrying freight and the other carried passengers. Rescue crews searched for survivors through flattened cars as the wreckage smoked Wednesday, March 1. There were many additional passengers injured in the accident which some called the deadliest rail accident in Greece in a decade. “When something so tragic happens, it’s impossible to continue as if nothing had happened,” Kostas A. Karamanlis, Greek transport minister, said in a statement shortly after the accident as he announced he would resign. “It’s a fact that we inherited the Greek railway in a state that is not fitting for the 21st century,” he said. “In those three and a half years we made every effort to improve this reality. Unfortunately, those efforts were not adequate to avert such a tragedy.”