At least 41 people were killed and 120 injured in a train collision in Alexandria, Egypt. The head-on collision resulted in one of the deadliest train accidents since November 2013 when a train ran into a mini-bus. Another deadly train accident occurred in 2002 when a fire engulfed a crowded train and killed more than 370. Initial reports suggest human error, but an investigation may reveal other causes.
08/14/2017 Egypt (BBC) – Two passenger trains have collided in northern Egypt, killing at least 41 people and injuring more than 120 others, health officials say.
A number of carriage were derailed by the accident in the coastal city of Alexandria.
Reports said one of the trains had been brought to a halt after a malfunction. Transport Minister Hisham Arafat blamed “human error”.
Deadly train accidents in Egypt are rare but not unheard of.
The trains, one travelling from the capital Cairo and the other from Port Said, crashed at about 14:15 local time (12:15 GMT).
One resident, Hoda, was standing on her rooftop when she saw the trains crash.
“They rose in the air forming a pyramid when they collided. I started to scream from the rooftops for people to grab some sheets and run,” she said.