Passenger trains collide in Egypt, at least 28 dead

Two passenger trains collided head-on in Alexandria, Egypt, on Friday — killing at least 28 people and injuring scores more, government officials said.

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Authorities said one train had departed from Cairo and the other from Port Said.

The nation’s top prosecutor said it was not immediately clear how the accident happened or what caused the two trains to run on the same set of tracks. He ordered an immediate investigation.

The number of people injured topped 70 and the head of the Alexandria ambulance service said the death toll could rise, as many of the injuries were serious.

Train accidents in Egypt are rare but not unheard of. In 2012, a school bus collided with a train at a rail crossing. Fifty-one people were killed, many of them children. A train derailment in 2013 also killed 13 people.

By Eric DuVall