A passenger train sped into a northern Egypt railway station yesterday and collided with a second train, killing 58 people and injuring 143.
Footage broadcast by state television showed the front part of one train crumpled in, while other train cars lay on their sides, or on the grass next to the tracks, at the rail station in the town of Qalyoub, 12 miles north of Cairo.
Egypt's official Middle East News Agency quoted Minister of Health Hatem el-Gabaly on the death toll.
The trains, both south-bound and carrying commuters to Cairo, originated in the Nile Delta towns of Mansoura and Benha.
The train from Mansoura was going at least 50 miles per hour when the collision occurred after it failed to abide by a stop signal outside Qalyoub train station, police sources said.
The driver of the Mansoura train was killed and the locomotive overturned, police said.
The incident occurred at approximately 7.45am, the governor of Qalyoub, Adly Hussein, told state TV.
At midday, civil defence, police and the military were searching for survivors and recovering bodies amid the crumpled and destroyed cars.
Shoes and blood-soaked clothing littered the station's platform.
A man's lifeless and blood-ied forearm with a watch was visible emerging from a crushed carriage.
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