Passengers sued for train accident near Livadia

Charges against those responsible for the collision of train I/C 54 with a shunting diesel locomotive near Livadiya station are expected to be brought against the competent court of first instance by a large law firm representing the passengers of the train.

On the same day, at about 15:00, the Athens-Thessaloniki train No. 54 got stuck on the stretch between the Livadia and Tiforei stations due to engine problems (according to other sources, due to a power outage). A shunting diesel locomotive was called from the Inois station to tow the train to the nearest station.

On January 24, the plenary meeting of the railway supervision decided to conduct an official investigation into the suspension of TRAINOSE trains. With this decision, the regulator asks the railway company to take specific measures to compensate for any damage and inconvenience to passengers, calling on TRAINOSE SA to comply with the content of its decision, which provides for the imposition of an administrative fine for each day of non-compliance with the management order.

Law firm statement:

“The stop of train IS-54 (Athens-Thessaloniki) outside the city of Livadia and its collision with another OSE diesel locomotive, which led to a long wait for passengers, as well as the fact that they were endangered and at risk of bodily harm, shocked the nation. These facts undoubtedly require, in parallel with the control of the case by the railway supervision and the possible filing of civil lawsuits by the victims, a thorough investigation by the competent prosecution authorities to identify those responsible for the crimes.

The passengers of this train experienced the consequences of unacceptable mistakes, and the provocative absence of responsible persons during the long period of their imprisonment increased the danger. The breach of transport security on the main facilities of a fixed orbit connecting the two largest cities of our country is an unusual phenomenon for such a location in the Western world, for which no one has yet been held accountable.

Our law firm, which represents a large number of passengers on this train, intends to intensify the prosecutor’s investigation of the case by submitting the relevant indictment against the perpetrators to the competent prosecutor’s office of Livadia on Monday, January 31.

Law Office Ladis/Daliani.

The Railway Transport Authority asks the company to take specific measures in relation to damages and inconvenience to passengers, urging TRAINOSE SA to comply with the decision, which provides for the imposition of an administrative fine of 100,000 euros for each day of non-compliance with the orders of the department.

In particular, the Department of Railway Regulation decided:

Reimbursement of any damage caused to passengers due to the cancellation or loss of TRAINOSE SA trains. Imposition of an administrative fine of 100,000 euros on the railway company TRAINOSE SA for each day of non-compliance by said company with the provisions of article 18 “Subscription” paragraphs 1 and 3 and article 32 of Annex I “Liability in case of cancellation, delay or loss of response” of the TRAINOSE Train Traffic Regulations dated 24.01.2022. Arrangement, as soon as possible, of alternative transport services for passengers on TRAINOSE SA trains who (passengers) have not arrived at their place of departure or final destination.

Under a preliminary agreement, TRAINOSE SA promised to pay all passengers on the train 1,000 euros in compensation. Compensation was also promised to all persons who purchased tickets but could not leave due to bad weather. But TRAINOSE SA has not confirmed these promises.

Like us previously reportedon Monday, January 24, at about 20:00, a maneuverable diesel locomotive collided with passenger train No. 54 Athens-Thessaloniki, which led to injuries to several people.

On the same day, at about 15:00, the Athens-Thessaloniki train No. 54 got stuck on the stretch between the Livadia and Tiforei stations due to engine problems (according to other sources, due to a power outage). A shunting diesel locomotive was called from the Inois station to tow the train to the nearest station.

According to the information provided by our readers, the train stood for about 5 hours on the haul between stations without electricity and heating in the cold.

After 5 hours (!), at 20:00, help arrived at the stuck train. However, when they tried to hitch the diesel locomotive to the train, due to a driver’s error in choosing a speed associated with poor visibility, it crashed into the rear car, as a result of which the driver, a railway worker and several passengers were injured.

According to the information provided by our readers, the train stood for about 5 hours on the haul between stations without electricity and heating in the cold.

After 5 hours (!), at 20:00, help arrived at the stuck train. However, when they tried to hitch the diesel locomotive to the train, due to a driver’s error in choosing a speed associated with poor visibility, it crashed into the rear car, as a result of which the driver, a railway worker and several passengers were injured.

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