At least 40 people killed after train crash in Egypt

  • At least 40 people killed after train crash in Egypt

At least 40 people killed after train crash in Egypt

At least 36 people were killed as two trains collided Friday outside the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, in one of the deadliest in a string of such accidents in Egypt, the health ministry said.

Some people were still stuck inside the trains, a medical official told state TV.

Egypt's prosecutor-general Nabil Sadiq has ordered an urgent investigation into the collision to find out the reason behind the crash.

"The train I was riding was going very quickly", said passenger Moumen Youssef, as quoted by Reuters.

More than 120 people were injured in the crash, the country's health ministry said.

The government also formed a panel to investigate the incident, but that did not prevent further accidents.

Egypt's railway system has a poor safety record, mostly blamed on decades of badly maintained equipment and poor management.

Associated Press footage from the scene showed mangled train coaches on the tracks and several others derailed as hundreds of onlookers and victims' relatives gathered around on both sides of the tracks.

In the wake of that crash, an Egyptian court sentenced 14 railway employees to one year in prison for neglect.

In Egypt's worst train disaster, a fire tore through seven carriages of an overcrowded passenger train in 2002, killing at least 360 people.