Associated France Press (AP) 21/8/2006
Train crash in northern Egypt kills 51
By HASAN JAMALI, Associated Press Writer
QALYOUB, Egypt - A passenger train barreled into a northern Egypt railway station Monday and collided with a second train, killing at least 51 people and injuring more than 100.
The collision occurred in the town of Qalyoub, about 12 miles north of the capital, during the morning commute, Adly Hussein, governor of Qalyoubia province, told Egyptian state television.
Four cars derailed and overturned, forcing officials to close the lines from the Nile Delta cities of Benha and Mansoura, where the trains originated. Security forces were searching for survivors and recovering bodies amid the crumpled and destroyed cars.
Health Minister Hatem el-Gabaly said at least 51 people were killed and 138 injured, according to Egypt's official Middle East News Agency.
The accident happened when the train from Mansoura failed to stop at a signal outside the Qalyoub train station, police officials said on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to give statements to the media. The officials said the train was going at least 50 mph.
The driver of the Mansoura train was killed and the locomotive overturned, police said.
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 train tracks.
Shoes and blood-soaked clothing littered the station's platform. A man's lifeless and bloodied forearm was emerging from a crushed car.
Egypt has a history of serious train accidents, which are usually blamed on poorly maintained equipment. Many of those incidents have occurred in the Nile Delta, north of the capital.
The most recent accident in February saw 20 people injured when two trains collided at a Nile Delta station.
Egypt's worst train disaster in February 2002 killed 363 people, many of them headed home to the country's south for the Islamic calendar's most important holiday.