Egypt Train Crash Kills 37, Injures More Than 100

August 11, 2017 Updated: August 11, 2017

CAIRO—Two trains collided in Egypt‘s coastal city of Alexandria on Friday killing 37 people and injuring more than 123 others, a health ministry spokesman said.

The crash at 2:15 p.m. 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.

Egyptians look at the crash of two trains that collided near the Khorshid station in Egypt's coastal city of Alexandria, Egypt on Aug. 11, 2017. (REUTERS/Osama Nageb)
Egyptians look at the crash of two trains that collided near the Khorshid station in Egypt’s coastal city of Alexandria, Egypt on Aug. 11, 2017. (REUTERS/Osama Nageb)

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, with bodies strewn on the ground.

“The train I was riding was going very quickly,” said passenger Moumen Youssef. “I found myself on the floor. When we came out, we found four train cars crushed and a lot of people on the ground.”

In 2012, 50 people—mostly children—were killed when a train crashed into a school bus south of Cairo, further inflaming public anger at authorities over Egypt‘s antiquated transport network.