Published: Wed, February 27, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Egypt: Death toll at Cairo train station at 20

Egypt: Death toll at Cairo train station at 20

A witness said there was a blast when a train rammed into a barrier, and he saw charred bodies.

People gather at the main train station after a fire caused deaths and injuries, in Cairo, Egypt, February 27, 2019.

The station has been evacuated as firefighters battled to bring the blaze under control.

Mohammed Said, the head of the Cairo Railroad hospital, said the death toll is expected to rise.

Heavy black smoke can be seen rising into the sky at the scene. The Ramsis district is among the busiest and most crowded areas of the Egyptian capital.

Egyptian National Railways ordered halting rail traffic after a fire broke out at the main train station in Cairo's Ramsis.

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Footage from a second camera showed people running from the explosion, some with their clothes on fire. All train arrivals and departures from the station have been suspended. The crash caused a massive fire that killed dozens.

And in 2002, a fire swept through an overcrowded train near Cairo, killing more than 370 people. He promised "harsh punishment" for the culprits.

Egypt's railway infrastructure has always been neglected by successive governments and previous train accidents have been blamed on a lack of investment and poor management of the railway network.

Prime Minister Madbouly said in a brief statement that the reason behind the train collision is still unknown.

In March past year, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said the government lacks about 250 billion Egyptian pounds, or $14.1 billion, to overhaul the run-down railway system. In 2016, at least 51 people were killed when two commuter trains collided near Cairo.

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