(CNN) — At least 36 people were killed and dozens more injured after two trains collided in northern Greece on Tuesday night, according to the country’s Fire Service.

Vassilis Varthakogiannis, a spokesman for the entity, told a televised briefing on Wednesday that 66 people are being treated at the hospital so far, six of them in intensive care units.

In addition, 194 passengers were safely transferred by bus to the second largest city in Greece, Thessaloniki, and 20 people were transferred by bus to the city of Larissa.

The reason for the crash is still unknown.

The identification process for the victims of a train collision that occurred in Greece on Tuesday night has begun, Greek Health Minister Thanos Plevris said on Wednesday.

“We have started the process of identifying the dead. As you understand, this is a terrifying process for the parents and relatives who are here. We will help them as much as we can,” Plvris said, outside the hospital in Larissa, the city near where they crashed. the two trains.

“There are some difficulties in the identification process… The wounded are in relatively good condition,” Plevris added.

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According to Varthakogiannis, at least 150 firefighters with 17 vehicles and more than 20 ambulances are attending the scene in the ongoing rescue operation.

A passenger train traveling from Athens to Thessaloniki collided with a freight train shortly before midnight Tuesday local time in the Tempi area of ​​central Greece, near the city of Larissa, Varthakogiannis said.

For his part, Ioannis Artopoios, spokesman for the Greek Fire Service, said Wednesday that search and rescue operations are continuing. According to the Greek Fire Service, crews on site are focusing their efforts on the first two (train) carriages of the passenger train.

The Hellenic Train railway company said in a press release that there was “a head-on collision between two trains: a freight train and train IC 62 that had left Athens for Thessaloniki. About 350 passengers were on board at the time of the collision. “.

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Footage from Greece’s state public broadcaster Ert showed smoke billowing from derailed train carriages early Wednesday morning. Long lines of rescue vehicles with flashing lights are also seen next to the disjointed train carriages.


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