Two trains have collided near the Egyptian city of Sohag, killing 32 people and injuring at least 66 others. The country’s prime minister is chairing a crisis meeting in response.
Dramatic footage showed people trying to rescue passengers trapped inside the twisted wreckage outside Sohag, some 300 miles south of the capital, Cairo.
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Some passengers who had escaped were seen lying on the ground injured.
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At least 36 ambulances were sent to the site of the crash and took victims to local hospitals, the health ministry said in a statement.
Three carriages were derailed as one train crashed into the back of another, although the exact cause of the accident has not yet been reported.
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The Egyptian prime minister Mostafa Madbouly has chaired a crisis meeting, Al Jazeera reported.
The news outlet also said the Minister of Transport, Lieutenant General Kamel al-Wazir, has ordered that the drivers of both trains be detained.
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It comes after another crash two years ago at Cairo’s Ramses Station killed 24 people and caused an explosion and a fire.
In 2017, Egypt saw some 1,793 train accidents, according to the most recent data.
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