Rail collision kills at least 36 in Egypt's Alexandria

The aftermath of collision near the coastal city of Alexandria leaving many dead and injured

A TRAIN crash in Egypt has left 25 people dead and 65 others injured, according to officials.

Local media reports suggest that one of the trains was travelling from Port Said and the other from Cairo, before they crashed head-on, reports The Independent.

"The rescue team is now searching for survivals while ambulances are transferring the injured to nearby hospitals", said Magdy Hegazi, undersecretary at the Health ministry.

A spokesman for Egypt's health ministry, Khaled Megahed told al-Ahram the death toll was 36 with more than 100 people injured.

Alexandria, Egypt's second-largest city, sits on the Mediterranean coast in the north.

The statement did not say what caused the incident, saying only that the authority's experts would be investigating.

Egypt's railway system has a poor safety record, mostly blamed on decades of badly maintained equipment and poor management.

Friday's crash was the latest in a series of deadly accidents that have claimed hundreds of lives over the years.

The train sped for miles, with flames engulfing one carriage after another, killing more than 370 people.

In July 2008, at least 44 people died near Marsa Matruh in northwest Egypt when a runaway truck hurtled into bus, truck and several cars waiting at a level crossing, shunting the vehicles into the path of a train.

Efforts were still exerted to extradite more bodies and injured from wreckage of the two trains.

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