Train Crash in Egypt Kills at Least 36, Injures 123

CAIRO — At least 36 people were killed and more than 123 injured after two trains collided near the Egyptian port city of Alexandria, Egyptian state media reported on Friday.

The accident occurred near the city’s Khorshid train station when a train traveling from Cairo slammed into the back of a train from Port Said, on the Suez Canal, Egypt’s railway authority said.

Photos on social media and published in Egypt news media outlets showed hundreds of people standing outside mangled carriages, several of which had derailed. A number of bodies were laid out on dusty ground beside a field, covered in sheets.

State media said that 28 people had died and at least 109 were injured. Egypt’s prosecutor general, Nabil Sadek, ordered an inquiry in the accident.

Egypt has a history of serious accidents on its rundown passenger train network, which has been plagued by poor line maintenance and weak safety standards. One of the last major train accidents in Egypt occurred in 2012 when a train slammed into a school bus at a crossing 190 miles south of Cairo killing at least 50 people, most of them children.

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