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DEATH TOLL IN EGYPT TRAIN COLLISION RISES TO 49

August 12, 2017 | Uhuruspirit

Death toll in Egypt train collision rises to 49





The death toll in a collision between two passenger trains in the Egyptian coastal city of Alexandria has risen to 49, state television reported on Saturday.

More than 120 others were injured in Friday's crash.

The Health Ministry had previously said 42 people were killed in the accident.

The collision occurred when a passenger train coming from Cairo to Alexandria rammed into the rear of another that was waiting at a station east of Alexandria, the Transport Ministry said in a statement.

The cause of the accident is not yet clear.

Private newspaper al-Masry al-Youm, citing unidentified sources, said the crash was cause by an error in the shifting rail system that directs trains in the area.

Transport Minister Hesham Aaraft suspended several rail officials from duty pending investigations into the tragedy, one of the deadliest in Egypt in recent years, according to state television.

Railway traffic resumed in the area on Saturday after the mangled train carriages were lifted off the tracks, the broadcaster reported.

The accident took place less than a month before Eid al-Adha, a major Muslim festival, around which time many Egyptians travel to their hometowns for family reunions.

Egypt has seen several rail tragedies in recent years

In November 2012, 49 people, including 44 children, were killed when a school bus collided with a train in southern Egypt.

The country’s worst rail disaster took place in 2002 when a train heading to southern Egypt caught fire, killing more than 360 people.

- Dpa



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