Train derails in northern Greece

Seventeen people were lightly injured when a Greek intercity train carrying 180 passengers derailed near the northern city of Thessaloniki on Thursday, authorities said. Rescuers said there were two young children among the injured passengers, all of whom were taken to hospital in Thessaloniki.

Police said one of the four carriages overturned after the train went off the rails while entering a station at the village of Adendro, some 35 kilometers (22 miles) west of Thessaloniki, at 12:50 p.m. (0950GMT).

A small fire that broke out in the engine was quickly extinguished. Passenger Dimitris Melas said the train had been speeding. "We had been delayed for 45 minutes at a previous station, and as a result the driver was going faster than he should have been," he said.

Government spokesman Thodoros Roussopoulos said an investigation has been ordered.

The train had been heading from the northeastern town of Alexandroupolis to Athens, through Thessaloniki, reports the AP. I.L.

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