Cairo station fire: Train crash causes blaze which kills and injures dozens

Rescue workers and people are seen at the main train station in Cairo Egypt
REUTERS  Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Rescue workers and people are seen at the main train station in Cairo Egypt REUTERS Amr Abdallah Dalsh

At least 20 people were killed and more than 40 others were injured after a huge fire broke out at the central train station in Egypt's capital Cairo, Reuters reported, citing state TV. By GCR Staff0 CommentsFire engulfed Cairo's main rail station today after a locomotive slammed into a concrete buffer, causing an explosion. As of mid-day local time the death toll had reached 25, with 50 injured, say reports.

Gruesome photographs from the scene showed charred bodies, including children, lying across the platforms and tracks. Surveillance cameras captured the incident, showing bystanders on fire and running to escape the inferno. One video that surfaced on social media showed men and women carrying bags and personal belongings and walking on the rail platforms as the train auto crashes and explodes.

Fire and rescue vehicles rushed to the scene during the morning rush hour. The latest disaster led to the resignation of Egypt's transportation minister, Hisham Arafat.

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In July 2018, a passenger train derailed near the southern city of Aswan, injuring at least six people and prompting authorities to fire the chief of the country's railways.

"I don't know when these train accidents will end".

The fire is said to have been triggered by an exploding fuel tank on a speeding train that was heading into Ramses station in the centre of Cairo.

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