ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT – Two passenger trains collided on Friday just outside Egypt’s Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, killing 43 people, according to authorities, the country’s deadliest rail accident in more than a decade.
Magdy Hegazy, a top health official in Alexandria, said that along with the 43 killed, the crash also injured 122 people.
The Egyptian Railways Authority said earlier that a train coming from Cairo, Egypt’s capital, crashed into the back of a train that was waiting at a small station in the district of Khorshid, just east of Alexandria.
The stationary train had just arrived from Port Said, a Mediterranean city on the northern tip of the Suez Canal, when it was hit, according to the statement.
The statement did not say what caused the accident, only that the authority’s experts would investigate.
Associated Press footage from the scene showed mangled train coaches on the tracks and several others derailed as hundreds of …
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