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Bulgarian family died in a car accident in Komotini

14 July 2009 / 09:07:30  GRReporter
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A Bulgarian family crossed a guarded railway crossing on a red light and paid with its life. Christo Milkov, his wife Sherpa Marinova and their 14 year old daughter Yulia were crushed by the high-speed train Intercity 613, which was servicing the Alexandroupoulis-Thessaloniki destination. The three deceased were born in the Kardjali village Chiflik and they were in Greece on a seasonal job to gather cotton.

The tragic incident happened before noon at 11:00AM nearby Komotini in Northern Greece. The victims were in a mini-bus with a Bulgarian registration. The reasons why they crossed the railway crossing on a red light, when the lifting gates were down and the weather had perfect visibility, are unknown. Due to the collision, the first wagon of the train derailed but fortunately there no victims or injured people among the passengers. All 58 passengers were driven with busses to their final destination in Thessaloniki and the railways remained closed until later in the afternoon.

The motor-man of the train was driven to the police station of the Rodopi region, which is in Komotini and now he is being questioned. The firefighters had to cut the iron sheets of the mini-bus, in order to take out the bodies, which right now are in the morgue of Komotini’s general hospital, where they will undergo autopsy.

Few hours later, again in Northern Greece, another car crashed into a train. The primary information that the driver of the car had died is fortunately not true. The car was going down on the old road between Thessaloniki and Veria, when the 70 year old driver decided to cross the railway on a red light. The Thessaloniki-Idomeni train hit the car but the collision caused only material damages.

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