Train Crash in Egypt Leaves 36 Dead, More Than 120 Wounded

Train Crash in Egypt Leaves 36 Dead, More Than 120 Wounded

Authorities said one of the trains had departed from Cairo and the other was from Port Said.

Egypt's railway authority said an express train had crashed into the second train near the Khurshid station on the Cairo-Alexandria line.

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.

The stationary train had just arrived from Port Said, a Mediterranean city on the northern tip of the Suez Canal, when it was hit, according to the statement.

"We ran to the scene and we found people jumping from the train and lots of dead", said Abdel-Bari Abdel-Hamid.

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

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"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.

The dead and injured were initially placed on blankets by the sides of the tracks amid farmland on the outskirts of Alexandria.

Train accidents are common in Egypt.

Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed told state television that more than a 100 people were also injured in the collision.

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

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