Egypt trains collision: Toll rises to 43, injures nearly 122
Two passenger trains collided on Friday just outside Egypt's Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, according to authorities, the country's deadliest rail accident in more than a decade.
Two passenger trains collided on Friday just outside Egypt's Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, according to authorities, the country's deadliest rail accident in more than a decade.
Magdy Hegazy, a top health official in Alexandria, said that along with the 43 killed, the crash also injured 122 people.
Magdy Hegazy, a top health official in Alexandria, said that along with the 43 killed, the crash also injured 122 people.
The Egyptian Railways Authority said earlier that a train coming from Cairo, Egypt's capital, crashed into the back of a train that was waiting at a small station in the district of Khorshid.
The Egyptian Railways Authority said earlier that a train coming from Cairo, Egypt's capital, crashed into the back of a train that was waiting at a small station in the district of Khorshid.
The stationary train had just arrived from Port Said, a Mediterranean city on the northern tip of the Suez Canal, when it was hit
The stationary train had just arrived from Port Said, a Mediterranean city on the northern tip of the Suez Canal, when it was hit
The statement did not say what caused the accident, only that the authority's experts would investigate.
The statement did not say what caused the accident, only that the authority's experts would investigate.
An eyewitness who lives close to the crash site said he and others ran toward the site when they heard the sound of the impact.
An eyewitness who lives close to the crash site said he and others ran toward the site when they heard the sound of the impact.
Egypt's railway system has a poor safety record, mostly blamed on decades of badly maintained equipment and poor management.
Egypt's railway system has a poor safety record, mostly blamed on decades of badly maintained equipment and poor management.
Figures recently released by the state's statistics agency show that 1,249 train accidents took place last year, the highest number since 2009 when the number reached 1,577.
Figures recently released by the state's statistics agency show that 1,249 train accidents took place last year, the highest number since 2009 when the number reached 1,577.