10 killed as Egypt trains collide: health ministry

At least 10 people were killed and 15 wounded as two trains collided in Egypt, the latest in a string of deadly accidents on the North African country's railways, the health ministry said.  By STRINGER (AFP/File)

At least 10 people were killed and 15 wounded as two trains collided in Egypt, the latest in a string of deadly accidents on the North African country’s railways, the health ministry said. By STRINGER (AFP/File)

At least 10 people were killed and 15 wounded Wednesday as two trains collided in Egypt, the latest in a string of deadly accidents on the North African country’s railways, the health ministry said.

The collision between a freight train and a passenger train took place in the northern province of Behaira, it said in a statement.

The cause of the accident was not immediately clear, but it comes months after 41 people died in a train collision near the coastal city of Alexandria last August.

That was the deadliest train accident in Egypt since a November 2013 collision between a train and a bus killed 27 people south of Cairo.

In 2002, 373 people died when a fire ripped through a crowded train, also south of the capital.

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