18 Nov 2013

Train collides with vehicles near Cairo

9:14 pm on 18 November 2013

At least 24 people have been killed and another 28 injured in a collision between a train and several vehicles including a minibus on a level crossing south of Cairo.

Egypt's state-run railways have a poor safety record, the BBC reports.

The train hit a minibus carrying guests home from a wedding in Dahshur, 45km south of Cairo, according to local police. They say most of the dead and injured were members of the same extended family.

The gates to the level crossing were closed, according to initial reports from railway officials who say the minibus and other vehicles forced their way onto the tracks.

This is the second major rail disaster this year. In January, a military train carrying army recruits derailed near Cairo, killing 19 people.