Death toll in Egypt train collision rises to 36

Death toll in Egypt train collision rises to 36

A train collision near Egypt's coastal city of Alexandria on Friday killed at least 36 people and injured 123 others, Egyptian officials said.

One of the trains was travelling from Cairo, the other from Port Said, according to local media.

In 2012, a train plowed into a school bus south of Cairo and killed 50 people, mostly children, inflaming public anger over Egypt's antiquated transport network.

Footage from the scene broadcast on state television showed dozens of people crowding around the damaged train cars, with dead bodies strewn on the ground.

By nightfall, cranes aided by floodlights began to remove the wreckage off the tracks to allow rail traffic to resume.

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The ministry also says more than 100 people were injured in the collision on Friday.

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.

The stationary train had just arrived from Port Said, a Mediterranean city on the northern tip of the Suez Canal, when it was hit, according to the statement.

Hospitals in Alexandria announced state of emergency to receive more injured.

Figures recently released by the state's statistics agency show that 1,249 train incidents took place past year - the highest number since 2009 when the number reached 1,577.

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