At 54 the number of identified dead from the tragic train accident in Tempe rises according to a new police announcement.

According to the new information from the press representative of the Hellenic Police, Police Officer II Constantia Dimoglidou, the shipment of new samples is expected, which will likewise be examined in the forensic laboratories.

Here is the full text of the update:

“The examination of all the samples received so far by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations has been completed and 54 dead have been identified. New samples are expected to be sent, which will also be examined in forensic laboratories.

Regarding the process of informing the relatives of the victims, which is ongoing, by the head of the identification team of the Greek Police and the specialist psychologists, the necessary time is given to the family of each victim as it is not a formal process but delicate manipulations are required.”

Noritra, following the order of the Prime Minister, the Minister of State George Gerapetritis announced the formation of a Special Commission to investigate and highlight the systemic problems and malfunctions that led to the Tempe train tragedy.

The Commission will carry out its work as soon as possible and will call on technical staff, experts or any other person it deems necessary to assist it.