CAIRO. – Two trains collided in Egypt’s coastal city of Alexandria yesterday killing 36 people and injuring more than 100 others, a health ministry spokesman said. The crash at 2:15pm. (1215 GMT) near the suburban Khorshid station on the route to Cairo, derailed the engine of one train and two cars of the other, the Egyptian Railway Authority said. A railroad switching error was the most likely cause of the collision, a security source. He gave no further details.
State newspaper Al-Ahram said 36 bodies had arrived at hospital morgues in Alexandria province. Public prosecutor Nabil Sadek ordered an urgent investigation, it said.
A medical official told state TV some wounded people were still stuck in the trains. Footage on state television showed dozens of people crowding around the damaged train cars. – Reuters.