At least 28 people have been killed and 50 injured after a speeding train smashed into hit a buffer stop at Cairo's main train station, Wednesday.
Egypt's Health Minister, Hala Zayed, told reporters in a televised press conference that many of the injured are in a critical condition, with second- and third-degree burns.The head of the Cairo Railroad hospital said there are concerns the death toll could rise further. The fire broke out after a train derailed and collided with obstacle at the station. The locomotive exploded when the train rammed into a barrier. A lot of people died after the locomotive exploded. Several witnesses said they had seen fire coming out of the train's engine before it crashed.
Accident in Cairo station
The driver jumped out of the train as it approached the station. CCTV footage showed people, some on fire, running away from the platform. Egypt's Transport Minister Hisham Arafat has resigned following the tragedy. "Any person found to be negligent will be held accountable and it will be severe," Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli said as he arrived at the site. Egypt's Prosecutor General, Nabil Sadek, has ordered an investigation. Egypt has a history of deadly train disasters, with the most lethal one occurring in 2002.