Egypt Train Collision

Two passenger trains collided in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, March 12.

Thirteen people were injured in the collision, the health ministry said, triggering a suspension in nationwide rail services.

It said the casualties of the crash involving passengers were ferried to Cairo hospitals, as rail authorities announced the suspension of services.

The signals tower was not functioning because of bad weather conditions, the rail services said, leading to one train crashing into the other which was stationary.

The government had declared Thursday a holiday because of heavy rains and strong winds.

Egypt's rundown railways have a history of disasters.

The deadliest accident on Egypt's railways was in 2002 when 373 people died in a fire that ripped through a crowded train south of the capital.

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Associated Press 11 May 2020 11:44 CEST

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