Death toll in Egypt train collision rises to 36

Footage broadcast on state television showed one train had partly keeled over in Alexandria Egypt

Footage broadcast on state television showed one train had partly keeled over in Alexandria Egypt

On Friday, local media earlier reported citing the Egyptian health ministry that at least 36 people were killed and over 120 were injured.

The Guardian notes it has been almost four years since Egypt has seen a train accident as deadly as the one that occurred Friday: Not since November 2013, when a collision between a bus and a train killed 27 people, has the notoriously unsafe railway system experienced a tragedy of this magnitude.

"We ran to the scene and we found people jumping from the train", eyewitness Abdel-Bari Abdel-Hamid told the Associated Press.

The deadly crash also injured 123 people, the ministry statement said.

A train derailment in Badrashin in Giza killed at least 19 people in 2013.

Egyptian security forces stand guard at the site of a train collision in the area of Khorshid, in Egypts Mediterranean city of Alexandria, on August 11, 2017. Inhabitants from close-by homes raced to the scene to search for survivors inside smashed prepare carriages or offer emergency treatment to the harmed.

Some rain today, storms over the weekend
Mid to late morning Saturday , another drier stretch, with showers and storms bubbling up afternoon and evening. A low around 68 Tuesday night , with mostly cloudy skies and a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Train accidents are common in Egypt.

Right after the collision, Egypt's general prosecutor ordered an urgent investigation into the accident.

Friday's crash was the most recent in a progression of risky mischances that have asserted many lives throughout the years. All hospitals in the region have been placed on high alert.

Transport ministry officials, quoted on state television, have said the crash in farmland on the outskirts of Alexandria was probably caused by a malfunction in one train that brought it to a halt.

The country's worst rail disaster took place in 2002 when a train heading to southern Egypt caught fire, killing more than 360 people.

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