At Least 31 Dead, Scores Hurt as Trains Collide in Alexandria, Egypt

Injured

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The two trains collided head on -one was coming from the capital of Cairo, to the south of Alexandria, and the other was coming from the city of Port Said, located on the northern tip of the Suez Canal. Figures recently released by the state's statistics agency show that 1,249 train accidents took place a year ago, the highest number since 2009 when the number reached 1,577.

Public prosecutor Nabil Sadek ordered an urgent investigation, it said.

Hospitals in Alexandria announced state of emergency to receive more injured.

Egypt's health ministry confirmed the number of dead had risen to 36 and that 123 people had been injured.

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The transport ministry said that the train coming from Cairo to Alexandria crashed into the back of the train coming from Port Said to Alexandria, which was stationary at Khorsid station when the collision occurred which left at least 41 dead and 179 injured, ahramonline reported quoting a Health ministry statement.

The government also formed a panel to investigate the incident, but that did not prevent further accidents. Months later a train carrying military conscripts derailed, killing 17 people.

They had been returning from a wedding when the train ploughed into their bus and a truck at a railway crossing.

Another train derailment in Badr Rashin in Giza killed at least 19 people in 2013.

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There have been many other fatal crashes on the busy rail network.

Train accidents are common in Egypt.

State television showed dozens of people crowding around the damaged train cars, with bodies strewn on the ground.

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