Rail collision kills at least 36 in Egypt's Alexandria

Rail collision kills at least 36 in Egypt's Alexandria

Rail collision kills at least 36 in Egypt's Alexandria

In a previous statement the ministry said that 20 people were killed and another 88 injured in the incident.

One of the trains was traveling from Cairo, while the other was heading from Port Said, Ahram Online reported.

Egypt's Health Ministry has raised to 36 the death toll from a train collision just east of the coastal city of Alexandria.

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

An investigation into the crash has been ordered by the Prosecutor-General Nabil Sadiq.

Train accidents are common in Egypt.

It was the deadliest train accident in the North African country since a train ploughed into a bus carrying schoolchildren in November 2012, killing 47 people.

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.

Egyptians have long complained that successive governments failed to enforce basic safeguards for the railways. Fifty-one people were killed, many of them children. As a result of the collision, several cars derailed and overturned.

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

In Egypt's worst train disaster, a fire tore through seven carriages of an overcrowded passenger train in 2002, killing at least 360 people.

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