28 killed, 80 injured after two trains collide in Egypt

Train crash in Egypt's Alexandria kills 24 injures 55 sources

The injured were transported to hospitals in Alexandria and the neighbouring province of Beheira, said Khaled Megahed, a spokesman for the Egyptian Health Ministry.

Egypt has regularly serious accidents by road or rail due to traffic, haphazard, vehicles, dilapidated roads and railways are poorly maintained and little monitored.

Five years ago, 50 people were killed when a train crashed into a bus near a school in southern Cairo.

Authorities said as a result of the collision, several train cars derailed and overturned.

Emergency personnel and Egyptian military police search the wreckage of the train collision on Aug 11, 2017 near Khorshid station in Alexandria.

The deadliest accident on Egypt's railways dates back to 2002 when 373 people died as a fire ripped through a crowded train south of the capital.

One of the trains was traveling from Cairo to Alexandria, the other follows and Port said to Alexandria.

It appears that a malfunction in the railroad switch system caused the serious accident.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has also ordered state bodies to hold those responsible accountable.

"They rose in the air forming a pyramid when they collided", one witness told Reuters. "I started to scream from the rooftops for people to grab some sheets and run", she said.

The crash killed 29 people and injuring 88.

Another train derailment in Badr Rashin in Giza killed at least 19 people in 2013.

Egypt's passenger train network has a record of deadly crashes and collisions at signal crossings.

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