Egypt train collision kills at least 36: Health Ministry

A railroad switching error was the most likely cause of the collision, according to a security source.

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

Egypt's prosecutor-general Nabil Sadiq has ordered an urgent investigation into the collision to find out the reason behind the crash.

More than 120 people were injured in the crash, the country's health ministry said. Rescue teams, meanwhile, continued to look for more bodies and injured passengers inside the carriages.

Mujahid affirmed that 70 ambulance vehicles were dispatched at once to the scene of the disgusting accident.

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

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

Train accidents are common in Egypt.

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

And earlier, in 2002, a massive fire engulfed a train filled with local holiday travelers.

A medical official told state TV some wounded people were still stuck in the trains.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

  • Geraldine Cohen