Train Collision in Northern Egypt Kills 43; 122 Injured

Train Collision in Northern Egypt Kills 43; 122 Injured

Train Collision in Northern Egypt Kills 43; 122 Injured

A spokesman for Egypt's health ministry, Khaled Megahed told al-Ahram the death toll was 36 with more than 100 people injured.

One of the trains was travelling from Port Said and the other from Cairo, media sources said.

At least 41 people were killed and almost 180 others injured today after two trains collided near Egypt's coastal city of Alexandria, officials said.

Alexandria, Egypt's second-largest city, sits on the Mediterranean coast in the north.

Friday's was the deadliest such incident since 2006, when at least 51 people were killed when two commuter trains collided near Cairo.

After nightfall, cranes aided by floodlights began to remove the wreckage off the tracks to allow rail traffic to resume. "When we came out, we found four train cars crushed and a lot of people on the ground".

Egypt's railway system has a poor safety record, mostly blamed on decades of badly maintained equipment and poor management.

The Egyptian Railways Authority said a train traveling to Alexandria from Cairo, Egypt's capital, hit the back end of another train, which was waiting at a small station in the district of Khorshid, just east of Alexandria.

In Egypt's worst train disaster, a fire tore through seven carriages of an overcrowded passenger train in 2002, killing at least 360 people. It is not yet known what caused the two trains to collide.

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