At least 36 people were killed Friday outside Egypt's Mediterranean port city of Alexandria when two passenger trains collided. Others about 123 were injured. A train traveling to Alexandria from Cairo, Egypt's capital, was going very quickly and crashed into the back of another train, which was waiting at a small station in the district of Khorshid, just east of Alexandria.
Many carriages derailed as a result of the collision. It was not known what caused the accident. Emergency teams were at the scene. All hospitals in the region have been placed on high alert. Riot police were deployed to keep the onlookers away from the scene of the disaster. Egypt's transport minister has ordered an investigation into the crash, Nile TV reports. President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi issued a statement offering his condolences to the families of the train victims. The US Embassy in Cairo released a statement about the crash, expressing solidarity with Egyptians.
Egypt train accident
Friday's collision was the latest in a series of deadly accidents that have claimed hundreds of lives over the years. 1,249 train accidents took place last year, the highest number since 2009 when the number reached 1,577. In 2006, at least 51 people were killed when two commuter trains collided near Cairo. Egyptians have long complained that the government has failed to deal with chronic transport problems, with roads as poorly maintained as railway lines.