Egypt train crash kills 20 people

November 18, 2013 02:54

CAIRO - More than 20 people died when a train crashed into a pick-up truck and a minibus near Cairo, state newspaper al-Ahram said on its website early on Monday.

The train, coming from Bani Swaif, crashed at a crossing near the Giza district, al-Ahram said, without giving further details.

"We are still investigating the incident and once we are done we will issue a statement," an interior ministry source told Reuters.

Egypt's transport network has come under attack last year when fifty people, mostly children, were killed after a train crashed into a school bus South of Cairo.

Roads and railways in Egypt have a poor safety record and locals have long complained that successive governments have failed to enforce even basic safeguards, leading to a string of deadly crashes.

The country's worst train disaster was in 2002 when a fire ripped through seven carriages of an overcrowded passenger train, killing at least 360 people.

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