Romanian trucker to give testimony regarding fatal crash

The Romanian driver of a truck that veered out of control on the Egnatia Highway in northern Greece last Sunday, causing a huge pileup that killed five people and injured dozens, is to defend himself on Thursday before an investigating magistrate probing the exact circumstances of the tragedy.

Late on Monday, a man presented himself to authorities claiming to have been traveling with the 39-year-old driver at the time of the crash, which occurred between Veria and Thessaloniki.

According to sources, the passenger said he had accompanied the driver so he could learn the route and claimed to have fled after the accident as he was in shock.

The 42-year-old contractor in charge of the roadworks under way in the area where the accident happened was released on Tuesday after answering to charges of endangering public transport safety through neglect.

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