Train Crash in Egypt Kills 40 People
Two passenger trains collided just outside Egypt's Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, killing at least 40 people and injuring more than 100. It is the country's deadliest rail incident in more than a decade. A statement by the Egyptian Railways Authority said a train travelling to Alexandria from Cairo, Egypt's capital, crashed into the back of another train standing at a small station in the district of Khorshid, just east of Alexandria. The statement did not say what caused the incident, saying only that the authority's experts would be investigating. Irish Times reported that Egypt's railway system has a poor safety record, mostly blamed on decades of badly maintained equipment and poor management. Friday's collision was the latest in a series of deadly incidents that have claimed hundreds of lives over the years. Figures recently released by the state's statistics agency show that 1,249 train incidents took place last year – the highest number since 2009 when the number reached 1,577.