Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Train collision in Egypt kills 36, injures dozens

Train collision in Egypt kills 36, injures dozens

In a previous statement the ministry said that 20 people were killed and another 88 injured in the incident.

The collision involved one train that had been traveling from Cairo and another from Port Said, according to Al-Ahram newspaper.

Two trains collided outside the Egyptian city of Alexandria on Friday (Aug 11), killing at least 36 people, a health ministry official said.

The initial reports said the human causalities reached 25 person، and dozens others injured. Rescue teams, meanwhile, continued to look for more bodies and injured passengers inside the carriages.

The statement did not say what caused the accident, saying only that the authority's experts would be investigating.

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Egyptians have long complained that the government has failed to deal with chronic transport problems, with roads as poorly maintained as railway lines.

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

And earlier, in 2002, a massive fire engulfed a train filled with local holiday travelers.

Friday's collision was the latest in a series of deadly accidents that have claimed hundreds of lives over the years. In 2012, a school bus collided with a train at a rail crossing.

In August 2006, at least 58 Egyptians were killed and 144 wounded in a collision between two trains travelling on the same track.

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