BREAKING NEWS: Greece’s Transport Minister, Kostas Karamanlis, resigns following country’s rail disaster

Greece's Transport Minister, Kostas Karamanlis, resigns following country's rail disaster. Image: Alexandros Michailidis /

It’s unclear at what speed the two trains were travelling when they ran into each other just before midnight on Tuesday, February 28.

The Transport Minister for Greece has since handed in his notice following the tragic rail disaster that took place in central Greece overnight.

The devastation has killed at least 36 people and injured scores.

A search is continuing of the wreckage of the first two carriages involving 150 firefighters, using 17 vehicles and four cranes. Forty ambulances are on the scene.

Following the tragedy and his resignation, Kostas Kramanlis, said he felt it was his “duty” to step down “as a basic indication of respect for the memory of the people who died so unfairly.”

Once the news was released people were quick to take to social media. One posted a tweet saying: “The whole country and the world was waiting for this resignation! Remember, resignation is also a service.”

Another tweeted: “Two trains collide in Greece 32 dead 85 injured. Three days of national mourning is declared in Greece after the train accident, and Transport Minister Kostas Karamanlis resigns. What the hell! Resignation? What was the fault of the minister, he was driving his train.”

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