36 dead as trains collided in Egypt

Officials and emergency personnel remove the wreckage of a collision between two trains near Khorshid station in Alexandria. Pic  AFP

Two passenger trains collided just outside Egypt's Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, killing at least 40 people and injuring more than 100.

Some people were still stuck inside the trains following the crash, a medical official told Egyptian state TV.

Health officials fear that the death toll may rise further.

"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. Fifty-one people were killed, many of them children.

The statement did not say what caused the accident, only that the authority's experts would investigate.


Egypt has experienced other major train tragedies in the past, including a derailment which killed 19 people in Badr Rashin in Giza in 2013.

The Egyptian Railways Authority said a train traveling to Alexandria from Cairo, Egypt's capital, hit the back end of another train, which was waiting at a small station in the district of Khorshid, just east of Alexandria.

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.

One resident, Hoda, was standing on her rooftop when she saw the trains collide.

Efforts were still exerted to extradite more bodies and injured from wreckage of the two trains.

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