20 killed in Egypt train collision

20 killed in Egypt train collision

A train collision near Egypt's coastal city of Alexandria has killed 36 people and injured 123 others, Egyptian officials say, PressTV reported.

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

"The train I was riding was going very quickly", said passenger Moumen Youssef, as quoted by Reuters.

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

Magdy Hegazy, a top health official in Alexandria, said that along with the 43 killed, the crash also injured 122 people.

"The rescue team is now searching for survivals while ambulances are transferring the injured to nearby hospitals", said Magdy Hegazi, undersecretary at the Health ministry.

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The stationary train had just arrived from Port Said, a Mediterranean city on the northern tip of the Suez Canal, when it was hit.

The deadly incident reportedly took place in the Khorshid district on Alexandria's outskirts.

Egyptians have long complained that the government has failed to deal with chronic transport problems, with roads as poorly maintained as railway lines.

The train sped for miles, with flames engulfing one carriage after another, killing more than 370 people.

They had been returning from a wedding when the train ploughed into their bus and a truck at a railway crossing.

In Egypt's deadliest train accident, in 2002, 373 people died when a fire ripped through a crowded train south of the capital. It is not yet known what caused the two trains to collide.

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