43 killed, 122 injured after train collision
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.