Twin sisters Thomi and Chrysa Plakias and their first cousin Anastasia lost their lives in the train disaster at Tempi on Tuesday night. All came from the town of Kalabaka in Thessaly.
DNA had to be used to identify the bodies as they were so severely burnt due to temperatures in the first carriage that reached 1,300 Celsius.
The twenty-year-olds had been studying in Thessaloniki and decided to spend the carnival weekend with their families in their hometown.
The entire local community has been plunged into mourning for the loss of the three young girls.
Twin sisters and cousin lost at train disaster were “excellent” students
“It’s a tragedy. Two families lost three children. One family lost the twins and the other their only daughter,” lawyer Alexis Kougias said speaking to ANT1.
“They were excellent students and were going to Thessaloniki to continue their studies, after spending three days with their parents. We will hear such dramas every day from now on”, he added.
The families own a taverna in the village of Kalpaki just outside the town of Kalabaka.
At least 46 people were killed and dozens more injured in Greece’s worst rail disaster. Several more people are missing.
Emergency workers used cranes and other heavy machinery to move large pieces of the trains, revealing more bodies and dismembered remains.
Larissa’s chief coroner, Roubini Leondari, said dozens of bodies would require DNA identification as they were largely disfigured.
“Most (of the bodies) are young people,” she told ERT. “They are in very bad condition.”
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