32 dead after two trains collide in Egypt

At least 32 people have died and 66 others have been injured after two trains collided in southern Egypt on Friday, authorities said.

Egypt’s health ministry said the deadly crash occurred in the southern province of Sohag.

Passengers could be seen bleeding with some surrounded by the rubble, as videos from the scene showed flipped wagons and bystanders carrying dead bodies and laying them on the ground.

It is not the first accident in Egypt. Official figures show that 1,793 train accidents took place in 2017 across the country.

The Associated Press recalled that in 2018, a passenger train derailed near the southern city of Aswan, injuring at least six people and prompting authorities to fire the chief of the country’s railways.

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