Man killed in train collision

A motorist was killed at a train crossing near Piraeus yesterday when his vehicle crashed into an oncoming train, the Hellenic Railways Organization (OSE) said yesterday. The Intercity 52 train, which had no passengers on board, was heading to Piraeus to embark on the Athens-Thessaloniki route when the accident happened. OSE said that the motorist, who was not identified, had failed to stop at a flashing signal indicating a passing train. Train routes were interrupted as rescue workers cleared the area. Passengers waiting to board the Intercity were taken to an Athens station where they boarded another train for their trip. Yesterday’s crash was the latest in a string of fatal accidents at train crossings, where drivers often ignore signals. Since February more than 15 people around Greece have been killed in vehicle crashes with trains.