CAIRO – Two passenger trains collided in the Egyptian coastal city of Alexandria, killing around 36 people and wounding more than 120, officials said on Saturday.
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The death toll, still to be determined, could increase, starting from the severity of some injuries, the Ministry of Public Health added in a report.
Reports said one of the trains had been brought to a halt after a malfunction. Transport Minister Hisham Arafat blamed “human error”.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ordered an investigation into the accident, and the government promised financial compensation to the families of the victims.
The collision occurred when one of the trains was traveling from Cairo and the other from Port Said, according to Attorney General Nabil Sadiq, who ordered an urgent investigation into the collision.
This type of accident is known in the country, as it was the derailment in Giza, in 2013, with a balance of 19 dead people, and the collision in 2012 between a train and a bus in Upper Egypt, resulting in the death of 51 people.