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Greeks Rush to Donate Blood to Victims of Rail Disaster

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Hundreds donate blood for the injured in the train crash. Credit: Twitter/@Volidoskopos/Antonis Xiros

Hundreds of people were seen waiting in line in Larissa, Greece to donate blood to the victims of the rail disaster.

The response of the Greek public to the tragedy was immediate. At least 38 people were killed and more than 60 were injured late on Tuesday when a passenger train and a cargo train were involved in the fatal head-on crash at Tempi near the city of Larissa.

The seriously injured are being hospitalized in Larissa, where the macabre process of identifying the dead is also taking place.

Many relatives have gathered outside the general hospital of the city waiting in hope that their loved ones have survived the deadliest rail accident in Greece in recent times.

The passenger train was carrying 342 travelers and 10 crew, while two crew were on the cargo train, according to Hellenic Train data.

Sixty-six of those injured were hospitalized, six of whom are in intensive care, a fire brigade official said.

The head of the emergency unit in Larissa hospital, Apostolos Komnos, said most of the dead were young people, in their 20’s.

Related: Station Master in Larissa, Greece Arrested After Deadly Train Crash

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