Sisi orders punishment for people responsible for train station accident

At least 25 people were killed and 50 injured when a locomotive smashed through the buffer stop at Cairo's main train station on Wednesday, causing an explosion and a fire, state television and witnesses said.

Egyptian Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouly has visited the scene of the train disaster alongside emergency crew.

Sadek put the death toll at 20 while health officials said at least 25 people were killed and dozens more were injured in the crash and ensuing fire.

Witnesses reported seeing a single rail vehicle hitting the steel buffer at the end of the track at high speed, causing its diesel tank to explode and starting a large fire.

The daily Al-Ahram says the train crashed and the fuel tank exploded, causing the fire, but details were still not confirmed.

Photographs from the station showed charred bodies lying on the platforms at the Ramsis station in central Cairo as firefighters struggled to get the flames under control. A man is seen running back and forth, his shirt on fire, until another man rushes to pour water on him.

She 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.

Months later 60 people were injured when another train derailed.

Egypt's transport minister later resigned following the crash and resulting fire.

Eyewitnesses report that the platform was packed as the train came speeding into the station.

Egypt's railway system has a history of badly maintained equipment and poor management with official figures showing 1,793 train accidents in 2017.

Railway authorities say they are suspending all traffic to and from Ramses station. It's a country where deadly train accidents are tragically frequent.

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

  • Rogelio Becker