36 killed in train collision in Egypt

36 killed in train collision in Egypt

The collision would have been caused by the shutdown of one of two trains on the tracks after a crash, reported State tv, citing officials from the ministry of Transport.

Dozens of people are dead or injured after one train struck another near Alexandria, Egypt.

It is the country's deadliest rail accident in more than a decade.

Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health Magdy Hegazi declared a state of emergency in all Alexandria hospitals, and expects the number of casualties to rise.

The driver of the Cairo-Alexandria train has surrendered himself to police and has been transferred to El-Raml police station in Alexandria for investigation, it said.

Friday's accident took place less than a month before Eid al-Adha, a major Muslim festival during which Egyptians usually depend on trains to travel to their hometowns for family reunions.

The accident happened when a train, bus and other vehicles collided.

"The train I was riding was going very quickly", said passenger Moumen Youssef, as quoted by Reuters. The train sped for miles, with flames engulfing one carriage after another, killing more than 370 people.

"We ran to the scene and we found people jumping from the train", eyewitness Abdel-Bari Abdel-Hamid told the Associated Press.

Health officials now say that at least 36 people lost their lives in the accident.

Meanwhile, Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail gave orders to send giant truck-loaded cranes to help rescue teams remove the destroyed parts of the trains.

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