Three dead, 10 injured in Greek passenger train derailment

Parts of a train are seen after it derailed and crashed in the town of Adendro in northern Greece on May 13, 2017.
Parts of a train are seen after it derailed and crashed in the town of Adendro in northern Greece on May 13, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS
Firefighters work next to parts of a train that derailed and crashed, during a rescue operation in the town of Adendro in northern Greece on May 13, 2017.
Firefighters work next to parts of a train that derailed and crashed, during a rescue operation in the town of Adendro in northern Greece on May 13, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS
 A train carriage is seen after crashing into a house following a train derailment, in the town of Adendro in northern Greece on May 13, 2017.
A train carriage is seen after crashing into a house following a train derailment, in the town of Adendro in northern Greece on May 13, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

ATHENS (REUTERS) - Three people died and 10 more were injured when a train derailed in northern Greece on Saturday (May 13) night and ripped through a house, Greek police said.

The train carrying 70 passengers and five crew was heading from Athens to the second-biggest city of Thessaloniki when it derailed in the town of Adendro, 37km from Thessaloniki, railway company TRAINOSE said.

At least two carriages crashed into the ground floor of a house, ripping through its walls. Others toppled on to their sides, their windows smashed. It was unclear what caused the accident.

"Death came calling," the Athens News Agency quoted local resident Yorgos Mylonas as saying. "I heard a strange noise and then I saw the train approaching and ramming into my neighbour's house."

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Three of the injured are in serious condition, TRAINOSE said.

Earlier, in a statement on its website, TRAINOSE had said that four people were killed in the crash but it removed that reference.

At least two dozen fire trucks were deployed in the rescue operation.