36 dead as trains collided in Egypt

Marie Harrington
August 13, 2017

A train collision in Alexandria on Friday has left at least 41 dead and 179 injured, a statement from the health ministry read.

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

The American embassy in Cairo wrote on Twitter that "Our thoughts & prayers w/ families of those killed & injured in today's train crash".

In November 2012, 49 people, including 44 children, were killed when a school bus collided with a train in southern Egypt.

Health officials now say that at least 36 people lost their lives in the accident.

The engine from the rear train and two cars from the front train were destroyed.

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Just months later, a train carrying military conscripts derailed, killing 17 people.

Egypt has regularly serious accidents by road or rail due to traffic, haphazard, vehicles, dilapidated roads and railways are poorly maintained and little monitored.

The footage also showed bodies covered with bed sheets lying near the tracks while medics worked to move the dead and injured to ambulances.

Egyptian security forces stand guard at the site of a train collision in the area of Khorshid, in Egypts Mediterranean city of Alexandria, on August 11, 2017.

Official figures from Egypt's statistics agency show there were 1,249 train accidents in the country a year ago.

It is not yet known what caused the two trains to collide. The train sped for miles, with flames engulfing one carriage after another, killing more than 370 people.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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