Police: 2 Trains Collide in Egypt, Killing 14

By: Sinan AP Email
By: Sinan AP Email

CAIRO (AP) - A passenger train collided with a second one ahead of it on the tracks just outside of Cairo on Saturday, destroying several passenger cars and killing at least 14 people, said a police official.

At least 25 others were wounded in the accident, which occurred in Girzah district of 6th of October province, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media.

Emergency personnel were working to extract the dead and wounded
from the trains, said the official.

The train that caused the collision was headed from Cairo to the southern city of Assuit, while the one that was impacted was traveling from Giza province to the oasis town of Fayoum, said Egypt's official Middle East News Agency.

Egypt has a poor safety record on its railways, and there are several fatal accident each year, usually blamed on poorly maintained equipment.

The worst recent disaster took place in February 2002 when a train heading to southern Egypt caught fire, killing 363 people.


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