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At Least 31 Dead, Scores Hurt as Trains Collide in Alexandria, Egypt

12 Августа 2017
At Least 31 Dead, Scores Hurt as Trains Collide in Alexandria, Egypt

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

Two trains collided in Khorshid area west Alexandria leaving scores of people dead or injured amid tangled metal, Middle East News Agency (MENA) announced.

Two passenger trains collided on Friday just outside Egypt's Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, killing at least 31 people and injuring about 109, according to two medical officials.

Alexandria, Egypt's second-largest city, sits on the Mediterranean coast in the north. The statement did not say what caused the accident, saying only that the authority's experts would investigate.

Assistant health minister Sharif Wadi told state television that most of the injured had been taken to hospital.

Egypt's railway system has a poor safety record, mostly blamed on decades of badly maintained equipment and poor management. "When we came out, we found four train cars crushed and a lot of people on the ground".

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

They had been returning from a wedding when the train ploughed into their bus and a truck at a railway crossing.

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