Egypt train station fire leaves '25 dead and 50 injured' as rescuers find charred bodies strewn across tracks

Footage circulating on social media from a security camera inside Ramses station in central Cairo shows the train failing to stop as careens into platform six.

It smashes smashing through the buffers and a metal end railing before the diesel fuel tanks explode.

The head of the Cairo Railroad hospital Mohammed Said said the death toll is expected to rise further following the horrific fire.

Security sources said there was no indication that the crash was deliberate.

Eyewitness Ibrahim Hussein said: "I saw a man pointing from the locomotive as it entered the platform, and screaming 'There are no brakes! There are no brakes!', before he jumped out of the locomotive.

"I don't know what happened to him."

There are no brakes! There are no brakes!

Another witness, Ahmed Abdeltawab, said the platform had been crowded with people waiting for another train.

He said: "The fire overwhelmed them and they ran while they were on fire until they fell metres from the incident.

"The scene was terrifying."

The fire sent smoke billowing above the station. Inside, the train's charred engine could be seen tilted to one side next to the platform.

The fire overwhelmed them and they ran while they were on fire until they fell metres from the incident

The transport ministry briefly suspended all arrivals and departures at the station before reopening all platforms except the one where the crash happened.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli visited the scene and said the cause of the collision was not yet known, but vowed to punish anyone who was found to be negligent.

He said: "We will identify who is responsible for the accident and they will be held accountable."

We will identify who is responsible for the accident and they will be held accountable

Railway authorities have reportedly ordered a full evacuation of the station, and there are reports of a partial building collapse as a result of the fire.

Authorities said a train rammed into a barrier inside the station causing an explosion of its fuel tank and triggering a huge blaze that engulfed that part of the station.

The train had been travelling from Alexandria.

I saw at least nine corpses lying on the ground, charred

Eyewitness Mina Ghaly told Reuters: "I was standing on the platform and I saw the train speed into the barrier.

"Everyone started running but a lot of people died after the locomotive exploded.

"I saw at least nine corpses lying on the ground, charred."

Sky News Arabia reported that the crash had caused a fuel tank to explode, and fire services are desperately trying to contain the flames.

News outlet Mobtada reported that Egypt's Minister of Health, Hala Zayed, had gone to the Al-Hilal hospital to check the condition of those injured.

Egypt has a poor record for train safety, with a reported 1,793 accidents in 2017 alone, according to the Daily Mail.















 

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