UPDATE 2: 36 dead, 109 injured after trains collide in Egypt’s Alexandria
(english.ahram) — The death toll in a train collision in Alexandria on Friday has risen to 36, with at least 109 injured, health ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed told Al-Ahram Arabic.
One of the trains was travelling from Cairo, and the other from Port Said.
Egypt’s prosecutor-general, Nabil Sadiq, has ordered an urgent investigation into the collision.
Prime Minister Sherif Ismail ordered winches to be dispatched to the site.
Megahed said that the dead were transferred to Koum El-Dekka morgue, while injured passengers are at El-Mery, El-Gomhoria, Ras El-Tin, and Mostafa Kamel hospitals.
Mass-casualty train accidents in Egypt are not unknown.
A train derailment in Badrashin in Giza killed at least 19 people in 2013.
In 2012, a collision between a train and school bus on a rail crossing in the town of Manfalut in Upper Egypt killed 51 people, mostly children.
Egypt train collision ‘kills 20’ in Alexandria –BBC NEWS
At least 20 people have been killed and dozens more injured in a collision involving two passenger trains in northern Egypt, health officials say
One train was travelling from Cairo and the other from Port Said when they hit head-on in the northern coastal city of Alexandria, local media report.
Emergency teams are at the scene. It is not yet known what caused the two trains to collide.
Deadly train accidents in Egypt are rare but not unheard of.
In 2013, dozens of people were killed and when a train crashed into a minibusand other vehicles south of Cairo. Many of those killed on the bus were members of an extended family returning from a wedding.