Killed in Egyptian train collision

Killed in Egyptian train collision

It is thought to be the deadliest rail accident since November 2013 when a train hit a bus south of Cairo, killing 27 people.

The crash also injured 123 people, Sharif Wadi, an assistant to the health minister, told state television.

Some 28 people have been killed in Alexandria, Egypt, today after two trains collided in the city, according to a statement by the health ministry.

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One of the trains was traveling from Cairo, while the other was heading from Port Said, Ahram Online reported. Fifty-one people were killed, many of them children.

The statement did not say what caused the incident, saying only that the authority's experts would be investigating. Figures recently released by the state's statistics agency show that 1,249 train accidents took place previous year, the highest number since 2009 when the number reached 1,577.

Two senior medical officials in Alexandria, Mohammed Abu Homs and Magdy Hegazy, gave the casualty tolls for the tragedy on Friday, cautioning that the death toll was likely to rise further.

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Egypt's railway system has a poor safety record, mostly blamed on decades of badly maintained equipment and poor management.

The deadliest accident on Egypt's railways dates back to 2002 when 373 people died as a fire ripped through a crowded train south of the capital.

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