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36 killed in train collision in Egypt

36 killed in train collision in Egypt

Dr. Khalid Mujahid، a spokesman for the Ministry of Health and Population، said that the incident left 88 others injured.

People gather at the site of a train collision near Egypt's Mediterranean city of Alexandria, on August 11, 2017.

Footage broadcast on Egyptian state broadcaster Nile TV shows one of the trains partly keeled over in the crash, with emergency services transferring the injured to ambulances.

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

Two passenger trains collided head-on in Alexandria, Egypt, on Friday - killing dozens of people and injuring scores more, government officials said.

As rescue teams pulled dead and injured from the damaged rail wagons, public prosecutor Nabil Sadek ordered an urgent investigation.

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

Efforts were still exerted to extradite more bodies and injured from wreckage of the two trains.

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

Nearly a year later, a collision between a train and a bus killed 27 people south of Cairo.

Deadly train accidents in Egypt are rare but not unheard of.


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