At least 25 killed, 50 injured in fire at Cairo's main railway station; blaze broke out after train crashed into steel barrier

The fire broke out at Cairo's Ramses railway station after a train crashed into a steel barrier, the sources said. Photos showed a thick cloud of black smoke billowing around the station.

FP Staff February 27, 2019 16:05:29 IST
At least 25 killed, 50 injured in fire at Cairo's main railway station; blaze broke out after train crashed into steel barrier
  • A fiery train crash killed at least 20 people at Cairo's main railway station on Wednesday, Egyptian security and medical sources said

  • The accident, which sparked a major blaze at the Ramses station, also injured 40 others, the sources said

  • The fire broke out after a train crashed into a steel barrier, the sources said

A fiery train crash killed at least 25 people at Cairo's main railway station on Wednesday, Reuters reported.

At least 25 killed 50 injured in fire at Cairos main railway station blaze broke out after train crashed into steel barrier

The damaged train is seen at Cairo's Ramses train station after a fire caused deaths and injuries. Reuters

The accident, which sparked a major blaze at the Ramses station, also injured 50 others, sources told AFP. Egyptian state TV confirmed the figures.

The fire broke out after a train crashed into a steel barrier, the sources said. Photos showed a thick cloud of black smoke billowing around the station. Firefighters were seen hosing down the charred wreckage of the train.

Footage also showed fire engulfing the train and a nearby platform and people rushing to help the casualties. Ambulances and rescue teams were dispatched to the site, medical sources said.

"Any person found to be negligent will be held accountable and it will be severe," Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli said as he arrived at the site.

Egyptians have long complained that the government has failed to deal with chronic transport problems in the country, where roads are as poorly maintained as railway lines.

The official statistics agency says there were 1,793 train accidents in 2017.

With inputs from agencies

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