Investigation into Tempi train tragedy: ND and SYRIZA clash over responsibility

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Greece’s political landscape is ablaze with debate and accusations following the Tempi train crash, the nation’s deadliest rail incident on record. 

With 57 lives lost and many more injured in the February 2023 collision, both the ruling New Democracy (ND) party and the main opposition SYRIZA have presented their findings to the Investigative Committee of Parliament.

ND’s parliamentary majority has submitted a report on Sunday, pointing fingers at violations of the General Railway Regulation, highlighting seven instances where adherence to these regulations could have prevented the catastrophic accident.

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57 people lost their lives in the Tempi train collision. Photo: In Cyprus.

Witnesses corroborated these claims, emphasising the importance of following established safety protocols. The report also aims to dispel any notions of a cover-up, stressing transparency in operational decisions made post-accident. Meanwhile, a separate judicial inquiry is already underway.

On the other hand, members of the SYRIZA party within the parliamentary committee investigating the Tempi tragedy have directed blame at the former ND political leadership of the Transport Ministry. They allege a government cover-up and argue that implementing Convention 717, which mandates upgrades to the signalling and remote control systems in Greece’s railway network, could have averted the disaster. 

SYRIZA representatives demand accountability, accusing former ministers of neglecting safety standards and potentially being culpable for manslaughter. 

Source: Ekathimerini.

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