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Two suspects in deadly Egnatia Highway pileup get more time for deposition

Two men accused of having played a part in a deadly traffic pileup in northern Greece on Sunday, which led to five people losing their lives and dozens being injured, were given more time to prepare their depositions on Monday.

A 39-year-old Romanian truck driver is accused of losing control of his vehicle on the Thessaloniki-Veria stretch of the Egnatia Highway and smashing into 30 cars that were stopped due to roadworks.

Four people died in the multiple collision while a fifth was pronounced dead later at a Thessaloniki hospital.

Some 30 people were injured in the incident, two of whom, both children, were in critical condition on Monday.

The truck driver claimed in his initial deposition that his brakes failed on a downhill stretch of the road and he failed to regain control of the vehicle.

He is being charged with multiple counts of involuntary manslaughter and will testify on Thursday.

The second suspect, who will have to answer on Tuesday to negligent manslaughter charges, is the contractor responsible for the roadworks that led to the traffic jam.