Death Toll in Egypt Train Collision Rises to 41

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Two trains collided outside the Egyptian city of Alexandria on Friday (Aug 11), killing at least 36 people, a health ministry official said.

One train was travelling from Cairo and the other from Port Said when they hit head-on in the northern coastal city of Alexandria, local media report.

Alexandria, Egypt's second-largest city, sits on the Mediterranean coast in the north.

By nightfall, cranes aided by floodlights began to remove the wreckage off the tracks to allow rail traffic to resume. The statement did not say what caused the accident, saying only that the authority's experts would investigate. Rescue teams, meanwhile, continued to look for more bodies and injured passengers inside the carriages.

The deadly incident reportedly took place in the Khorshid district on Alexandria's outskirts.

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Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed told state television that more than a 100 people were also injured in the collision.

In 2012, a train plowed into a school bus south of Cairo and killed 50 people, mostly children, inflaming public anger over Egypt's antiquated transport network.

One resident, Hoda, was standing on her rooftop when she saw the trains collide. As a result of the collision, several cars derailed and overturned.

Deadly train accidents in Egypt are rare but not unheard of.