At least 16 people died when a freight train collided with a passenger train on Wednesday night in central Greece. This was said by a spokesman for the fire brigade on state radio (ERT).

85 people were injured. “The search is ongoing,” said the spokesman for the fire department. Numerous hospitals have been put on alert. 350 people are said to have been on board the passenger train.

Greek television showed videos from the scene of the accident near Tempi in central Greece. Carriages of both trains were smashed. Firefighters and rescue workers were trying to find survivors in the rubble, reporters at the scene said.