Dead and injured in Egypt train crash

2012-07-17 19:10
Egyptians gather around an ambulance outside the train station in Cairo. (Amro Maraghi, AFP)

Egyptians gather around an ambulance outside the train station in Cairo. (Amro Maraghi, AFP)

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Cairo - A train derailed and crashed south of Cairo on Tuesday, leaving at least 15 passengers injured and a number of people dead, an Egyptian security source said.

The train, coming from the town of Sohag 500km south of the capital, crashed into a stationary train near Badrashin station, 30km from Cairo, he said.

Five of the 15 carriages on the train headed to Cairo overturned.

In Egypt's last train tragedy, 19 people were killed in 2009 when one train hurtled at full-speed into the back of another which had stopped.

The country's deadliest train crash was in February 2002 when the bodies of at least 361 passengers were recovered from a train after a fire.

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