Egypt: Train slams into vehicles, kills 24

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Associated Press

Posted on November 17, 2013 at 10:04 PM

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian emergency officials and state TV say a cargo train traveling south of Cairo slammed into vehicles crossing the tracks early Monday, killing at least 24 people, many from the same family returning from a wedding party.

The emergency services chief says 28 people were injured, mostly with fractures, crush injuries and lost body parts, with some in critical condition. He says the scene has been cleared of victims.

The head of the Giza security sector tells the Nile News state TV station that most of the dead and injured were family members on a bus returning home from a wedding in Cairo.

He says the train, which carried construction materials, also hit a small truck coming from the opposite direction.

A security official says the train hit at least three vehicles near the village of Dahshur, about 25 miles south of the Egyptian capital. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief reporters.

The head of Egypt's railway tells Nile News initial reports indicated the crossing gates of the tracks had been closed but vehicles were still crossing.

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