Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Scores killed, injured in Alexandria train collision

Scores killed, injured in Alexandria train collision

Egypt's health ministry confirmed the number of dead had risen to 36 and that 123 people had been injured.

Authorities said one of the trains had departed from Cairo and the other was from Port Said.

The Egyptian Railways Authority said earlier that one of the trains, traveling from Cairo, Egypt's capital, crashed into the back of another train, which was waiting at a small station in the district of Khorshid, just east of Alexandria.

Two passenger trains collided just outside Egypt's Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, killing at least 40 people and injuring more than 100.

It is thought to be the deadliest rail accident since November 2013 when a train hit a bus south of Cairo, killing 27 people.

A medical official told state TV some wounded people were still stuck in the trains.

At least 360 people were killed in 2002 in Egypt's worst train disaster when a major fire engulfed seven carriages of an overcrowded passenger train.

Egyptians have long complained that the government has failed to deal with chronic transport problems, with roads as poorly maintained as railway lines. As a result of the collision, several cars derailed and overturned. It is not yet known what caused the two trains to collide.

Friday's collision was the latest in a series of deadly accidents that have claimed hundreds of lives over the years.

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