Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

Egypt train collision kills at least 36: Health Ministry

Egypt train collision kills at least 36: Health Ministry

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

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

The two trains collided head on - one was coming from the capital of Cairo, to the south of Alexandria, and the other was coming from the city of Port Said, located on the northern tip of the Suez Canal.

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

"The train I was riding was going very quickly", said passenger Moumen Youssef, as quoted by Reuters. As a result of the collision, several cars derailed and overturned. Rescue teams, meanwhile, continued to look for more bodies and injured passengers inside the carriages.

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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. 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.

In 2002, a massive fire engulfed a train filled with local travellers.

Train accidents in Egypt are rare but not unheard of.

In 2012, a collision between a train and a school bus on a rail crossing killed 51 people, mostly children, in the town of Manaflut.

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