Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Scores killed, injured in Alexandria train collision

Scores killed, injured in Alexandria train collision

Two trains have collided head-on in Alexandria, Egypt, killing at least 29 people, according to medical officials.

The initial reports said the human causalities reached 25 person، and dozens others injured.

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

Egypt's health ministry confirmed the number of dead had risen to 36 and that 123 people had been injured. Rescue teams, meanwhile, continued to look for more bodies and injured passengers inside the carriages. Fifty-one people were killed, many of them children.

Wadi told state television that most of the injured have been taken to hospital.

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That accident came months after a train carrying military conscripts derailed, killing 17 people, and nearly a year after 47 schoolchildren were killed when a train crashed into their bus.

But state TV quoted transport ministry officials as saying there had probably been a malfunction in one of the trains that brought it to a halt on the rails.

In Egypt's deadliest train accident, in 2002, 373 people died when a fire ripped through a crowded train south of the capital.

Associated Press footage from the scene showed mangled train coaches on the tracks and several others derailed as hundreds of onlookers and victims' relatives gathered around on both sides of the tracks. It is not yet known what caused the two trains to collide.

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