Probes or­dered into weather-re­lated prob­lems

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As low tem­per­a­tures and snow­fall con­tin­ued to cre­ate prob­lems across the coun­try, Trans­port Min­is­ter Chris­tos Spirtzis yes­ter­day or­dered an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into why hun­dreds of pas­sen­gers re­mained trapped on trains in north­ern Greece on Wed­nes­day in the freez­ing weather.

Two trains car­ry­ing around 600 pas­sen­gers came to a halt at Ther­mes and Larissa in cen­tral Greece while trav­el­ing from Thes­sa­loniki to Athens be­cause of icy con­di­tions, while an­other in­ter­city train stopped in Tithorea and Larissa’s sub­ur­ban rail­way suf­fered me­chan­i­cal prob­lems in Platy, Imathia pre­fec­ture. Rail man­age­ment com­pany Train­ose said the prob­lems were due to heavy snow­fall in north­ern and cen­tral Greece and can­celed sev­eral ser­vices be­tween Athens and Thes­sa­loniki, as well as lo­cal ser­vices in the area, yes­ter­day.

Mean­while a Thes­sa­loniki prose­cu­tor or­dered an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into whether any­one should be held crim­i­nally ac­count­able for the se­ri­ous prob­lems on re­gional roads due to heavy snow­fall as well as dam­age to the lo­cal wa­ter and drainage net­work.

Many vil­lages re­mained cut off by snow yes­ter­day, in the pre­fec­tures of Evros, Fthi­otida and Evry­ta­nia and on the is­land of Evia.

The fire ser­vice and army co­or­di­nated a res­cue ef­fort to pick up 10 farm­ers who had run out of food and sup­plies on the is­land of Alonis­sos.

A full moon rises over the port town of Naf­plio, in the eastern Pelo­pon­nese, yes­ter­day. It was the first time in 2017 that the moon en­tered its full phase.

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