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36 Killed, Dozens Injured As Two Trains Collide in Egypt

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Two trains collided in Egypt's coastal city of Alexandria on Friday killing 36 people and injuring more than 40 others, two security sources and one medic said.

The head of the ambulance services in the city's western sector, Dr. Mohamed Abu Homs, says the collision took place in the western suburb of Khorshid.

The television reports showed pictures of bodies covered with bed sheets at the site. Some carriages were shown derailed as a result of the collision.

State television, citing transport ministry officials, reported that the crash was probably caused by a malfunction in one of the trains that brought it to a halt on the rails.

The trains collided head on; one train was coming from Cairo and the other was coming from the city of Port Said, at the Suez Canal.

Abu Homs says he fears the death toll and the number of injured could rise further.

In recent years, Egypt has seen several rail tragedies.

The worst rail disaster was in 2002 when a train heading to southern Egypt caught fire, killing more than 360 people.

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