Two passenger trains collided on Friday just outside Egypt’s Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, according to authorities, the country’s deadliest rail accident in more than a decade.
The death toll from Egypt’s latest train disaster rose to 41 on Saturday as two drivers were questioned and cranes worked to clear the stricken railway line between Cairo and the Mediterranean city of Alexandria.
The drivers of the two trains that collided on Friday have been held for questioning and four railway officials suspended pending the results of a probe into its causes, Transportation Minister Hisham Arafat told an Egyptian broadcaster.
Under floodlights, rescue teams had combed wrecked carriages all night for casualties.Transport ministry officials, quoted on state television, have said the crash in farmland on the outskirts of Alexandria was probably caused by a malfunction in one train that brought it to a halt.The other train then crashed into it.
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