Egypt train crash kills 51

Egypt train crash kills 51

QALIUB – At least 51 people were killed yesterday when two trains travelling on the same track collided north of the Egyptian capital, Cairo, derailing carriages in tangled heaps of metal and setting one train ablaze.

Another 138 passengers – mostly farmers or government officials commuting to work – were injured in the crash in Qaliub, around 20 km north of Cairo. It was the country’s deadliest train crash in four years.”Sons of bitches! Where were you?” screamed a distraught young man to the police and rescue services who, witnesses said, were slow to arrive after the collision.As rescue workers searched wreckage for more bodies or injured passengers, a cordon of riot police quickly formed to keep angry onlookers away.A security source told AFP at the scene that one train had been heading for Cairo from Mansura 130 kilometres north of the capital while the other, on the same line, was coming from Benha, 50 kilometres north.”I was in the train from Benha which had stopped for five minutes.Suddenly, we felt something like an earthquake, we jumped out the windows and we saw fire at the back of the train,” said Mamduh Amer, a 29-year-old policeman.A resident in a nearby building, 53-year-old Suad Abdallah, said: “I had just woken up at around 7 O’clock (0400 GMT), when I heard a dreadful noise.I ran to the balcony and I saw smoke and bodies hanging from the carriages.”Nampa-AFPIt was the country’s deadliest train crash in four years.”Sons of bitches! Where were you?” screamed a distraught young man to the police and rescue services who, witnesses said, were slow to arrive after the collision.As rescue workers searched wreckage for more bodies or injured passengers, a cordon of riot police quickly formed to keep angry onlookers away.A security source told AFP at the scene that one train had been heading for Cairo from Mansura 130 kilometres north of the capital while the other, on the same line, was coming from Benha, 50 kilometres north.”I was in the train from Benha which had stopped for five minutes.Suddenly, we felt something like an earthquake, we jumped out the windows and we saw fire at the back of the train,” said Mamduh Amer, a 29-year-old policeman.A resident in a nearby building, 53-year-old Suad Abdallah, said: “I had just woken up at around 7 O’clock (0400 GMT), when I heard a dreadful noise.I ran to the balcony and I saw smoke and bodies hanging from the carriages.”Nampa-AFP

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