Train collision in Egypt leaves scores dead and over 133 others injured

the trains rose into the air “forming a pyramid” as they slammed into each other. Reuters

Two trains collided in Egypt’s coastal city of Alexandria on Friday killing 42 people and injuring 133 others, the health ministry said.

A witness said the trains rose into the air “forming a pyramid” as they slammed into each other just outside a suburban station in the Mediterranean port city.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ordered an inquiry into the crash, which left bodies strewn on the ground as rescue teams worked to pull the dead and injured from the wrecked carriages.

The collision at 2:15 p.m. (1215 GMT), near Khorshid station at the edge of Alexandria, derailed the engine of one train and two cars of the other, the Egyptian Railway Authority said.

A railroad switching error was the most likely cause, a security source said without giving further details.

Transport Minister Hisham Arafat said “human error” led to the collision but did not elaborate.

(Source: Reuters)

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