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A Greek intercity train carrying 140 passengers to Athens derailed near the northern city of Thessaloniki, catching fire and injuring five people, one of them seriously, officials said.
"The train has been derailed. There is one passenger seriously injured and four more with minor injuries," a fire brigade official told Reuters, speaking from the site of the accident.
Television pictures showed rescue workers helping elderly passengers escape through coach windows as fire brigade officers tried to lift mangled steel poles and cable lines from the tracks.
"We have extinguished the fire and searched the four coaches already once and we have not found any other passengers inside, injured or dead. We are now going through the whole train again," the official said.
Several passengers told Greek media the train had left Thessaloniki with a delay of half-an-hour and was going fast at the time of the accident.
"It was going like crazy, probably to make up for lost time," one passenger told Star Television.
"The first and second coaches were thrown off the tracks and I saw at least three people including a boy being taken away injured."
Greece's state-run railway company said it was not aware of any injuries.
"The train, comprising four coaches, had 140 passengers. It derailed during entry at the train station of (the town of) Adendro. At the moment there is no information on injuries," it said in a statement.
The Thessaloniki-Athens route, the busiest in the country, has been upgraded in recent years with new, faster trains, cutting the travel time to four hours from more than six.
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