Monday, 21 August, 2017

36 killed in train collision in Egypt

Egyptian security personnel examine wreckage after two passenger trains collided in Alexandria Egypt Egyptian security personnel examine wreckage after two passenger trains collided in Alexandria Egypt
Dexter Carr | 12 August, 2017, 00:28

One of the trains was travelling from Port Said and the other from Cairo, Ahram Online said, before they crashed head-on.

A train collision in the Egyptian city of Alexandria has killed 36 people, the Health Ministry reported, as cited by AFP.

The stationary train had just arrived from Port Said, a Mediterranean city on the northern tip of the Suez Canal, when it was hit, according to the statement.

In 2012, a train plowed into a school bus south of Cairo and killed 50 people, mostly children, inflaming public anger over Egypt's antiquated transport network.

"The train I was riding was going very quickly", said passenger Moumen Youssef, as quoted by Reuters.

People gather at the site of a train collision in the area of Khorshid in Egypt’s Mediterranean city of Alexandria
People gather at the site of a train collision in the area of Khorshid in Egypt’s Mediterranean city of Alexandria

It was the country's deadliest rail accident in more than a decade. "When we came out, we found four train cars crushed and a lot of people on the ground". Rescue teams, meanwhile, continued to look for more bodies and injured passengers inside the carriages.

According to local authorities, a mistake by the operator of a semaphore caused the accident.

Some people were still stuck inside the trains, a medical official told state TV.

The deadly incident reportedly took place in the Khorshid district on Alexandria's outskirts. Two months later, at least 19 people died and more than 100 were injured in a train derailment south of Cairo.

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