Death Toll in Egypt Train Collision Rises to 41

People gather at the site of the collision east of Alexandria

An Egyptian official says that a train collision in the coastal city of Alexandria has killed 25 people and injured 65 others.

Egyptian media, citing the country's Railways Authority, report that a train headed from the capital, Cairo, rear-ended another train that had been sitting near a station east of Alexandria.

Egypt's general prosecutor has also ordered an urgent investigation into the accident right after its occurrence, while Prime Minister Sherif Ismail has called for the formation of a specialized committee from the Transport Ministry for the investigation.

A medical official told state TV some wounded people were still stuck in the trains.

The events leading up to the crash at 2.15pm local time are unclear, but a security source said a track switching error was the most likely cause.

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

A health ministry spokesman said 75 ambulances had been deployed at the crash scene. "I found myself on the floor".

Friday's collision was the latest in a series of deadly accidents that have claimed hundreds of lives over the years.

In 2013, dozens of people were killed when a train crashed into a minibus and other vehicles south of Cairo.

Train accidents in Egypt are rare but not unheard of.

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.

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