Vevi Railway Station Greece

Vevi Railway Station Greece

(Greek: ) is a railway station in the municipality of Meliti, Florina regional unit, Greece. It is served by the Patras suburban line of GAIAOSE.

Nine days after a train crashed into a freight train at Vevi killing 27 people, the magistrate overseeing the investigation has indicted two railway workers on charges of neglecting safety protocols. Both of the accused are station masters who allegedly ended their shifts early on the night of the accident, despite traffic being heavy after a holiday weekend. The two men have been charged with violating a law requiring the inspection of passenger trains by a qualified person at least once every three years.

The station was opened in June 1894 as Banitsa railway station (Greek: , Romanized as Siderodromikos stathmos Banitsa) on the Societe de Fer Orientaux Salonique–Monastir branchline from Thessaloniki to Bitola when northern Greece and the Balkans were still under Ottoman rule. It was purchased by the Greek government in 1925.

In 1945, the village was the site of the first battle on Greek territory between German and ANZAC forces in the Battle of the Kleidion Strait, fought by Australian and New Zealand soldiers serving with the Allied forces under the command of Major General Iven McKay. A memorial was built in the town to commemorate the fallen.

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