Dozens killed in train collision in Egypt

At least 37 killed as two trains collide outside Alexandria.

Arutz Sheva North America Staff ,

Scene of train accident near Alexandria
Scene of train accident near Alexandria

At least 37 people were killed on Friday as two trains collided outside the Egyptian city of Alexandria, the health ministry said, according to AFP.

123 people were injured in the crash, the ministry said in a statement.

Footage on the state broadcaster showed one train had partly keeled over in the crash, and medics were seen moving the dead and injured to ambulances.

Transport ministry officials, quoted on state television, said the crash was probably caused by a malfunction in one train that brought it to a halt on the rails. The other train then crashed into it.

One of the trains had been heading from Cairo to the northern city of Alexandria and the other from the canal city of Port Said, east of the capital, to Alexandria.

The health ministry said 75 ambulances had been dispatched to treat casualties and that all the hospitals in Alexandria had been placed on high alert.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi sent his condolences to the victims' families and ordered a probe to "hold accountable" those responsible for the disaster, his office said, according to AFP.

The accident is the deadliest train accident in Egypt since a train ploughed into a bus carrying schoolchildren in November 2012, killing 47 people.

That accident caused the government to order an investigation, but just months later, a train carrying military conscripts derailed, killing 17 people.

Around a year later, a collision between a train and a bus killed 27 people south of the capital.

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