One person was killed and 13 were injured when the "Hellas-Express" train plunged into a small river near Katerini in Central Greece early on Tuesday morning (March 7).
GV Carriage astride wrecked bridge
LV PAN FROM Carriage on bridge to train wreckage
SV ZOOM OUT FROM Man checking papers to wrecked undercarriage of train (3 shots)
LV Wrecked engine with twisted rail foreground
GV Train wreckage among trees.
SV Workers relay railway sleepers
CU & ZOOM OUT FROM Rushing water under bridge to GV carriage on bridge remains
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The footage, shot for Visnews by the Transeast-Athens film agency, gives a vivid and dramatic portrayal o the scene at the bridge soon after the accident occurred.
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Background: One person was killed and 13 were injured when the "Hellas-Express" train plunged into a small river near Katerini in Central Greece early on Tuesday morning (March 7). The train, on its way from Cologne to Athens via Salonica, hurtled into the river when a bridge gave way. Railway authorities blamed floods for undermining the bridge foundations.
This was the third major train accident in Greece in an many months. Katerini is about 280 miles (450 kms) north of Athens.
SYNOPSIS: One railway carriage perched across a river in Central Greece tells the fate of a trans-European express train.
One person was killed and 13 were injured when the train, the Hellas-Express, travelling from Cologne to Athens, plunged into the rain-swellen waters of the river soon after leaving Salonika. It was the third major train accident in Greece in as many months and followed torrential rain and floods in the region. Railway authorities said the floods had undermined the bridge. When the train approached it jumped the rails and plunged into the river.
Greek army squads, police, and workmen rushed to the spot to rescue trapped passengers and help those injured.
The accident occurred at 6.45 a.m. local time, shortly after the Express left Salonika, where many new passengers--soldiers and peasants--had boarded the train.