4 dead, 20 injured at 40-car pile-up in Greece

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Photo taken on Oct. 5, 2014 shows the site of a 40-car pile-up near Thessaloniki, Greece. At least four people were killed in a 40-car pile-up in northern Greece on Sunday, local authorities said. According to medical sources, there were 14 persons injured in the multiple vehicles accident. (Xinhua) 

Four people were killed and 20 were injured at a 40-car pile-up in northern Greece on Sunday, while the Bulgarian driver of the lorry which triggered the tragedy has been arrested, Greek authorities said.

The identities of the victims of the multiple vehicle accident have not been announced. Local police said that they were two men and two women. One man's body was retrieved out of a burned-out car.

Among the injured a female and a four-year-old child were in serious condition, according to local hospital sources.

The incident occurred on a highway which connects the city port of Thessaloniki with the city of Veroia.

Vehicles smashed into each other when a lorry loaded with grapes collided on one of the cars at a site where the road was narrowing due to ongoing works.

The Bulgarian driver was in a state of shock telling Fire Brigade officers who rushed to evacuate passengers from vehicles that there were no warning signs, according to eye witnesses.

At least three large trucks were involved in the pile up, Fire Brigade officials said.

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