Larissa rail protest after train kills three

The mayor of Larissa yesterday vowed to block the northern town’s unguarded level crossings this morning to pressure the railway company into installing barriers and other safety features. This followed the death, on Sunday night, of a Larissa woman and two of her young daughters when their car was hit by an Athens-bound train on an unguarded railway crossing. Maria Karvouniari, 38, and her daughters Lydia, 9, and Paschalina, 15, were killed upon impact. Doctors at Larissa’s university hospital were fighting yesterday to save the life of the third passenger in the car, Karvouniari’s 13-year-old daughter Olga. Police said the woman had probably tried to cross the lines without stopping to check if any trains were coming. Mayor Constantinos Tzanakoulis called for barriers at every crossing, and is pressing for an underground railway tunnel.