Death toll in Egypt train crash rises

The death toll from a train crash south of Cairo has reached 18, the Health Ministry said on Sunday.

Death toll in Egypt train crash rises

The death toll from a train crash south of Cairo has reached 18, the Health Ministry said on Sunday, a day after the accident involving two passenger trains.

The ministry, in a statement carried by the official Middle East News Agency (MENA), said 39 people were injured in the accident on Saturday evening but 12 of them had already been discharged from hospital.

A first class train, filled with passengers, rammed into a nearly empty stationary train on the same track, security sources said.

Reuters Television images showed two crumpled carriages. It also showed the corpse of a cow under the wheels of one of the trains. MENA, citing witnesses, said the first train had stopped after it struck the cow.

The moving train was headed south from Cairo toward Assiut and Aswan, a major tourist attraction and the site of pharaonic ruins, security sources said. No foreigners were reported among the casualties.

An Egyptian railway authority official said a technical committee had been set up to investigate the cause of the crash.


Reuters

Last Mod: 25 Ekim 2009, 14:30
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