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25 killed in Egyptian train crash

Published on 25 October 2009 - 9:26am
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At least 25 people were killed in a train accident in Egypt on Saturday evening. Fifty others were injured. There may be more casualties in the wreckage.

The accident happened near the village of Guerzah, 40 kilometres south-west of the capital Cairo, when a passenger train collided at full speed into a stationary train. The stationary train had stopped after hitting a water buffalo.

Train accidents frequently occur in Egypt. Last year 44 people were killed in a train disaster in the north of the country. In 2002, 360 people died in a fire in an overcrowded train.

The Egyptian government is fiercely criticised for the lack of safety in trains and traffic.
 
 
Photo: Egyptian train accident - ANP

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