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Published on : Monday, August 14, 2017
Two trains suffered a violent collision killing 37 people and injuring 123 others close to Alexandria, the Egyptian port city on Friday marking the most fatal episode in the last few years in the railway network of Egypt.
The accident had taken place near Khorshid train station.
A train heading from Cairo had slammed into the rear of a train from Port Said located on the Suez Canal, according to the railway authority of Egypt.
Photos published in the social media platforms and also the news media agencies of Egypt portrayed several people standing outside the mangled carriages, many of which had derailed. Many bodies had been laid out on the dusty ground near the field and were covered in sheets.
The transport officials mentioned on state media that one of the trains had confronted with a major fault that compelled it to pause abruptly.
Thereafter, the second train crashed into it. The officials said that a signal fault might be responsible for the collision. The health ministry reported that at least 37 people had died and 123 were injured on account of the accident. Nabil Sadek, who is the prosecutor general of Egypt had ordered an inquiry in the incident.
The passenger train network of Egypt has been impacted by poor line maintenance and weak safety standards.
It also has a record of deadly crashes, collisions at signal crossings as well as fires.