dglobalnews.com At least 31 killed in train crash in Egypt
Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

At least 31 killed in train crash in Egypt

At least 31 killed in train crash in Egypt

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

One of the trains was travelling from Cairo, the other from Port Said, according to local media.

More than two dozen people have been killed after two trains collided in the Egyptian city of Alexandria. "When we came out, we found four train cars crushed and a lot of people on the ground".

It was the deadliest train accident in the North African country since a November 2013 collision between a train and a bus killed 27 people south of Cairo.

After nightfall, cranes aided by floodlights began to remove the wreckage off the tracks to allow rail traffic to resume.

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In Egypt's worst train disaster, a fire tore through seven carriages of an overcrowded passenger train in 2002, killing at least 360 people. Figures recently released by the state's statistics agency show that 1,249 train accidents took place past year, the highest number since 2009 when the number reached 1,577.

Both the transport minister and the head of the railway authority head were forced to resign as a result of that accident, which was blamed on a train signal operator who fell asleep on the job.

Medical officials said they feared the death toll would rise further.

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

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