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Greeks Turn to Social Media for Students Missing in Rail Disaster

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Relatives searching for missing loved ones turned to social media. Illustration: Greek Reporter

Greek parents, relatives and friends have turned to social media in search of young people, mostly students who are missing following the rail disaster at Tempi, central Greece on Tuesday night.

People post photos of their loved ones on Twitter and Facebook trying to get information about their fate.

Hospital officials at the city of Larissa where most of the injured and the dead have been transferred say that the majority of the victims are young people returning to Thessaloniki to continue their studies after the long weekend of Apokries and Clean Monday.

The exact number of casualties in Greece’s rail disaster is unclear

The exact number of casualties is unclear, but according to official announcements at least 42 people have died and dozens more have been injured, some of them seriously. Private TV stations in Greece say the number of dead may be higher.

A report by the Greek public broadcaster ERT said members of the passenger train’s crew were among the dead. It said most of the casualties had been recovered from the third carriage, which was derailed.

It is not known how many people are still uncounted since many passengers disembarked before the train reached the crash site and some others boarded in the city of Larissa.

The fire department in Greece has said identifying people is proving “very difficult” because temperatures exceeded 1,300C where the fire broke out.

Rescuers turned to cranes and other heavy machinery to start moving large pieces of the trains, revealing more bodies and dismembered remains. Many bodies were so badly disfigured that they required DNA identification.

57 people remained hospitalized late Wednesday, including six in intensive care. More than 15 others were discharged after receiving initial treatment.

Riot police clashed with demonstrators outside the headquarters of Hellenic Train on Wednesday following the deadly Tempi train crash. The demonstration was organized by student groups and collectives.

The police used tear gas and flashbang grenades to repel the crowd, with the demonstration moving on toward parliament.

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