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Greece train crash: Death toll reaches 57

The death toll from Tuesday’s train crash in Greece has risen to 57.

Eleni Zaggelidou, one of ten coroners working on the investigation, said DNA had been taken from 57 intact bodies.

Meanwhile, a government minister said austerity during Greece’s economic crisis in the 2000s contributed to a lack of investment in the railways.

BBC reports that rail workers held a one-day strike on Thursday following the disaster, blaming government neglect.

The walkout follows protests in Athens, Thessaloniki and the city of Larissa, near the site of the disaster.

Rescue workers are still going through burned and buckled carriages there, searching for victims.

This was the “most difficult moment”, rescuer Konstantinos Imanimidis said.

The railway workers’ strike began at 0600 local time (0400 GMT), affecting national rail services and the subway in Athens.

Many in Greece see the crash as an accident waiting to happen, and the union blamed successive governments’ “disrespect” towards Greek railways for leading to this “tragic result”.

During a visit to a hospital where relatives of the missing had gathered, Zoe Rapti, Greece’s Deputy Minister of Health, said investing in the rail network had been made more difficult by the Greek debt crisis around 2010, which led to drastic austerity measures in exchange for a financial rescue by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.

Writing by Fany Olumoye; Editing by Tony Okerafor