Greek transport minister Kostas Karamanlis has announced his resignation following a fatal train collision that occurred in Greece Tuesday, state-owned public broadcaster ERT reports.
The crash, which killed at least 36 people, happened four hours north of Athens.
Greece’s railway system is “not up to 21st century standards,” Karamanlis said Wednesday in his resignation speech.
“It is a fact that we received the Greek railway system in a state that is not up to 21st century standards,” he said, adding that in the last three-and-a-half years the government had “made every effort to improve this reality,” he said.
“Unfortunately, our efforts have not been sufficient to prevent such a bad incident. And this is very heavy for all of us and me personally,” he added.
“I hand in my resignation as Transport and Infrastructure Minister. It is what I feel is my responsibility to do as the minimum sign of respect to the memory of the people who died so unjustly.”