Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

2 trains collide in Egypt, killing at least 25

2 trains collide in Egypt, killing at least 25

Two trains collided outside the Egyptian city of Alexandria on Friday (Aug 11), killing at least 21 people, a health ministry official said.

The other train then crashed into it.

The collision involved one train that had been traveling from Cairo and another from Port Said, according to Al-Ahram.

Hospitals in Alexandria and Behaira announced state of emergency to receive more injured.

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It said that public prosecutor Nabil Sadek has ordered an urgent investigation into the cause of the crash.

In 2013, 19 people were killed and 103 other injured, when a military train carrying young recruits to an army camp derailed in Giza. In 2012, a school bus collided with a train at a rail crossing.

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

Egypt's roads and railways have a poor safety record and people have long complained that governments have failed to enforce basic safeguards.

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