Egypt (August 11, 2017): Two trains collided in Alexandria on Friday, leaving 36 dead and 123 injured, according to the latest figure from Egypt’s Health Ministry.
The collision involved one train that had been traveling from Cairo and another from Port Said, according to state news agency Al-Ahram. Some 75 emergency vehicles were used to transport the dead and wounded, said Health Ministry spokesperson Dr. Khaled Mojahed.
Health Minister Ahmed Emad Eldin Rady is heading to the scene to check on the wounded.
Alexandria, Egypt’s second-largest city, sits on the Mediterranean coast in the north.
Egypt’s transport minister has ordered an investigation into the crash, pledging to “hold accountable” whoever was responsible, state television reported.
It was the deadliest train accident in the north African country since a November 2013 collision between a train and a bus killed 27 people south of Cairo.
The victims had been returning from a wedding when the train ploughed into their bus and a truck at a railway crossing.