Egypt train crash leaves 41 dead, nearly 200 more injured

41 people have died and 179 more were injured in the Egyptian city of Alexandria, after two trains collided.

A railroad switching error caused the accident according to an unnamed security source, but no further details were given and an official inquiry has been ordered by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

The collision happened near Khorshid station at 2:15pm (1215 GMT), resulting in the derailing of the engine of one train and two cars from the other.

A witness described the crash, saying they “rose in the air forming a pyramid” as they collided.

Egyptian Transport Minister Hisham Arafat has blamed “human error” for the collision, but has not said anything further.

Families of the victims are going to receive at least EGP 50,000 ($3,563 AUD) said an announcement from the Ministry of Social Solidarity

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