Over 40 People Killed, 120 Injured in Train Crash in Egypt

Passengers gather beside the tracks after a train crash that killed more than 40 people outside Alexandria. Officials say it’s Egypt’s deadliest rail accident in years. Ravy Shaker/AP

A passenger train smashed into the back of another train outside the Egyptian city of Alexandria on Friday afternoon. More than 40 people died and about 120 others were injured, according to news reports citing Egypt’s health ministry.

It was not immediately clear what caused the crash. Egypt’s top prosecutor, Nabil Sadek, has summoned railway officials for questioning, and President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has ordered the formation of a task force to investigate the incident.

Egyptian media, citing the country’s Railways Authority, report that a train headed from the capital, Cairo, rear-ended another train that had been sitting near a station east of Alexandria.

“They rose in the air forming a pyramid when they collided,” one witness told Reuters. “I started to scream from the rooftops for people to grab some sheets and run.”

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SOURCE: NPR, Colin Dwyer