Highway at Tempe to close for two days

Drivers travelling between Athens and Thessaloniki on Wednesday and Thursday should expect delays at the Vale of Tempe in central Greece as a section of the national road will be closed.

The road running through the valley will be closed from 6 a.m. on Wednesday to 9 p.m. on Thursday as experts from Switzerland will be clearing rocks from the area, which suffered a massive rockfall in December 2009. Drivers will have to use a detour.

The company responsible for managing this section of the road, Aegean Motorways, has apologized for carrying out the works at a time when people are still expected to be returning from their Easter vacations but it said that there are only 50 people in the world that can carry out this work and their availability is limited.

Meanwhile, traffic police said that 24 people have been killed in more than 270 car crashes during the Easter holidays. More than 30 people were seriously injured.

Officers said that more than 840,000 cars left Athens last week.

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