43 killed, 122 in­jured af­ter train col­li­sion

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Two pas­sen­ger trains col­lided on Fri­day just out­side Egypt’s Mediter­ranean port city of Alexan­dria, killing 43 peo­ple in the coun­try’s dead­li­est rail ac­ci­dent in more than a decade.

Magdy Hegazy, a top health of­fi­cial in Alexan­dria, said that along with the 43 killed, the crash also in­jured 122 peo­ple.

The Egyp­tian Rail­ways Au­thor­ity said ear­lier that a train com­ing from Cairo, Egypt’s cap­i­tal, crashed into the back of a train that was wait­ing at a small sta­tion in the district of Khor­shid, just east of Alexan­dria.

The sta­tion­ary train had just ar­rived from Port Said, a Mediter­ranean city on the north­ern tip of the Suez Canal, when it was struck, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment.

The state­ment did not say what had caused the ac­ci­dent, only that the au­thor­ity’s ex­perts would in­ves­ti­gate.

Fri­day’s crash was the lat­est in a se­ries of deadly ac­ci­dents that have claimed hun­dreds of lives over the years.

Fig­ures re­cently re­leased by the state’s statis­tics agency show that 1,249 train ac­ci­dents took place last year, the high­est num­ber since 2009, when the num­ber reached 1,577.

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