/ 16 July 2008

Dozens killed in Egypt train smash

Thirty-seven Egyptians were killed and 38 injured when a train collided with three vehicles in northern Egypt on Wednesday, security sources said.

Security sources said the crash occurred after a truck was in collision with a car and bus waiting at a railroad crossing, forcing the vehicles on to the tracks.

The train ploughed into the three vehicles seconds later, they added.

The force of the impact unhitched three of the train’s carriages and flipped another two over, a security source added.

A state-run satellite news channel confirmed the death toll.

Reckless driving, lax traffic rules and poor road conditions cause many road crashes in Egypt. A series of road and rail accidents over the past few years triggered a public outcry over the government’s handling of road and transport safety. — Reuters