Egypt trains collide in Alexandria, killing 36



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Two passenger trains have collided in northern Egypt, killing at least 36 people and injuring dozens more, health officials say.

One train was travelling from Cairo and the other from Port Said when the accident happened in the northern coastal city of Alexandria.

Emergency teams are at the scene. It is not yet known what caused the two trains to collide.

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

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 passenger, Moumen Youssef, is quoted by Reuters news agency describing the moments after the collision happened at 14:15 local time (12:15 GMT).

"The train I was riding was going very quickly. I found myself on the floor. When we came out, we found four train cars crushed and a lot of people on the ground," he said.

More than 120 people were injured in the crash, the country's health ministry said. All hospitals in the region have been placed on high alert.

The death toll was initially put at 21, but this was later revised upwards by the health ministry. Egypt train collision kills many

Egypt's transport minister has ordered an investigation into the crash, Nile TV reports.

Early indications are that one of the trains may have suffered a mechanical failure and stalled, causing the second train to strike it, officials said.

In 2013, dozens of people were killed and when a train crashed into a minibus and other vehicles south of Cairo.

Egypt's deadliest rail accident occurred near the capital in 2002, when a fire ripped through a crowded train killing more than 370 people.


BBC