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FATAL TRAM

Driver killed in collision A 43-year-old motorist was killed on Saturday, shortly after midday, in the southern Athens suburb of Aghios Cosmas when a tram hit his car. Panayiotis Tsagaris had tried to cross in front of the oncoming tram, police said. The tram was derailed, but nobody on board was hurt. There were no passengers in the car. This was the third fatal accident involving the tram since it began operating on July 19. Child death A 12-year-old boy died yesterday after he was accidentally thrown from the back of his father’s pickup truck and hit his head on a concrete telephone post in Hania, Crete. Theodoros Maravelakis had been riding in the bed of the vehicle when it hit the pavement, throwing him out. His father, Nektarios Maravelakis, 40, was briefly held in police custody before being released. The boy’s mother and younger brother, who had been in the truck’s cab at the time of the accident, were unhurt. Baby-sitter arrest A 32-year-old woman was arrested in a northwestern Athens suburb on Saturday on suspicion of abusing a 16-month-old boy she was meant to be minding. The child’s parents caught the baby-sitter in their Ilion home on Friday beating the child about the face and legs. She had also ripped his clothes, the Athens News Agency reported. Maid charged A 27-year-old Filipino houseworker appeared before an Athens prosecutor yesterday on charges of stealing over 50,000 euros from her employers by taking their cash cards without permission and withdrawing money. The maid was arrested on Friday night at an Alpha Bank in Kolonaki after allegedly taking out 200 euros using a card which belonged to the couple she worked for. Garbage accident Evangelos Constantinidis, 22, and 24-year-old Theodora Tzovanou were killed yesterday when their car veered into oncoming traffic and crashed into a municipal garbage truck on Spaton Avenue, east of Athens, police said.