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Greek quake causes wreck

A 5.8 earthquake struck Greece's western Peloponnesian region as well as southern regions Tuesday.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | December 3, 2002

A 5.8 earthquake struck Greece's western Peloponnesian region as well as southern regions Tuesday, knocking rocks onto a rail track and causing a passenger train to derail and tumble into a gorge.

At least 17 people were injured, according to government reports. The train, which jumped the tracks near Megalopolis, was carrying more than 20 passengers. Megalopolis is about 135 miles southwest of Athens.

Rail service was halted along the line, which runs from Kalamata to the port of Piraeus near Athens. Service may resume as early as Wednesday, according to fire officials.

The train fell into a steep gorge. Trees halted its descent but rescue crews had difficulty reaching the train.

The quake also caused damage in the town of Bartholomio, according to the Athens Observatory.


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