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article imageEgyptian train crash kills at least 25

By Andrew Moran     Oct 24, 2009 in World
Police officials have confirmed that train crash just outside of Cairo, Egypt has killed at least 25 people on Saturday after the train went full-speed into the back of another train.
Officials, who were not authorized to speak to the media spoke on the condition of anonymity, confirmed that a tragic train crash has killed at least 25 people and injured 55 others when a train hit the back of another train at full-speed on Saturday, according the Associated Press.
The officials also verified that emergency personnel were working to extract the dead and wounded from the trains. According to AFP, the policeman stated the toll “may become worse.”
The train crash occurred near the village of Guerzah, near Cairo, and the first locomotive made an unexpected stop after hitting a cow, however, the second train hit the back of the train.
A villager witness, Villager Samhi Saleh Abdel Al, told AFP, “The first train stopped after hitting a cow and 10 minutes later the second train arrived at full speed. I was sat near the road at around six o'clock (1600 GMT) when I heard a deafening screeching, then shouts and I saw passengers jumping from the train.”
Al Jazeera has dubbed this the worst train devastation since February 2002 when at least 360 passengers were found dead. It also stated that the state-run MENA news agency reported all bodies found, dead and wounded, have been taken directly to the hospital.
Rescue workers have worked into the morning to pull victims from the wreckage. Arabian Business reports that dozens of bodies are trapped under the overturn carriage.
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