28 killed in Egypt train crash, 80 injured

Train Collision in Northern Egypt Kills 43 122 Injured

Train Collision in Northern Egypt Kills 43 122 Injured

The death toll was initially put at 21, but this was later revised upwards by the health ministry.

Footage broadcast on Egyptian state broadcaster Nile TV shows one of the trains partly keeled over in the crash, with emergency services transferring the injured to ambulances.

One of them had been heading from Cairo to the northern city of Alexandria and the other from the canal city of Port Said, east of the capital, to Alexandria.

According to local authorities, a mistake by the operator of a semaphore caused the accident.

The deadly incident reportedly took place in the Khorshid district on Alexandria's outskirts.

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State newspaper al-Ahram said 36 bodies had arrived at hospital morgues in Alexandria province and reported that the public prosecutor Nabil Sadek had ordered an urgent investigation.

In 2012, a collision between a train and a school bus on a rail crossing killed 51 people, mostly children, in the town of Manaflut.

Egyptians have long complained that the government has failed to deal with chronic transport problems, with roads as poorly maintained as railway lines.

At least 360 people were killed in 2002 in Egypt's worst train disaster when a major fire engulfed seven carriages of an overcrowded passenger train.

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