Trains smash into each other and burst into fireball in horror caught on CCTV

This is the terrifying moment an overnight train smashes into a freight train at full speed in a horror collision that killed 43 people and injured more than 80.

The head-on crash left two carriages completely crushed and a third engulfed in flames as a nearby security camera footage captured the brutal impact on Tuesday in Tempe Valley, Greece.

In the video shared by Greek newspaper Proto Thema, a headlight from the commercial train was moving at a speed of 166km per hour.

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Seconds later a bright light emerged and lit up the sky as the train carriages went up in flames.

Videos taken shortly after the crash captured passengers screaming "Everybody out! There's a fire!"

Some can be heard asking: "Is anyone on the train?"

Hellenic Fire Service rushed to the scene to search and rescue survivors, before sending them to hospitals.

The firefighters said the temperature in the third carriage exceeded 1,200 degrees Celsius.

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A 59-year-old station master responsible for overseeing the stretch of railroads in nearby city of Larissa has been arrested.

He has been charged with "causing mass deaths through negligence" and "causing grievous bodily harm through negligence".

Greek Prime Minster Kyriakos Mitsotakis addressed the public on Wednesday evening, announcing: "All indications show that the drama was caused, mainly, by tragic human error.

"It was a terrible train accident without precedent."

One survivor told local media: "There was panic, cables everywhere and fire. The fire was immediate as we were turning over we were being burned."

Another, who was in the last carriage, shared: "I managed to get out and went to the front, the train was bent at a 90 degree angle, half of it was hanging over the cliff burning.

"There were five people injured just where I stood."

Rescue crews continued their search on Thursday morning despite the slim chances of anyone's survival.

Constantinos Immadis, 40, who joined the search party to help, said: "It will be very difficult to find survivors, due to the temperatures that developed in the carriages.

"This is the hardest thing, instead of saving lives, we have to dig out bodies."


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