Dubai – Egypt’s coastal city Alexandria shocked on Friday as at least 36 people were killed and over 100 others injured after two trains collided in the city, officials said.
The afternoon crash near the suburban Khorshid station on the route to Cairo, 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 of the collision, a security source.
State newspaper Al-Ahram said 36 bodies had arrived at hospital morgues in Alexandria province. Public prosecutor Nabil Sadek ordered an urgent investigation, it said.
Health minister advisor Sherif Wadie said that the number of victims is increasing.
“There are currently 109 injured, including critical cases. The injured were transferred to nearby hospitals,” he said.
The final toll of the victims is still to be announced by the health ministry.
“The rescue team is currently searching for survivals while ambulances are transferring the injured to nearby hospitals,” Magdy Hegazi, undersecretary of the ministry of health, said.
A medical official told state TV some wounded people were still stuck in the trains. Footage on state television showed dozens of people crowding around the damaged train cars, with bodies strewn on the ground.
“The train I was riding was going very quickly,” said passenger Moumen Youssef. “I found myself on the floor. When we came out, we found four train cars crushed and a lot of people on the ground.”
Train accidents are common in Egypt. In 2016, a train derailed in south of Cairo, killing five people, and injuring 27 people in the al-Ayat area. Another train derailment in Badr Rashin in Giza killed at least 19 people in 2013. – firstname.lastname@example.org