AT least 32 people are dead and 66 injured after two passenger trains collided in southern Egypt today.
Shocking images showed people trapped inside flipped carriages surrounded by twisted metal and debris.
Dozens of ambulances rushed to the crash site in the southern province of Sohag, around 285 miles south of the capital Cairo.
At least three carriages overturned in the collision.
Local media showed videos of unconscious and bleeding victims.
Bystanders could be seen carrying bodies and laying them out on the ground.
Egypt has been plagued by railway accidents, caused by badly maintained equipment and poor management.
There were 1,793 train accidents across the country in just one year, 2017.
In 2018, a passenger train derailed near the southern city of Aswan, injuring at least six people and prompting authorities to fire the chief of the country’s railways.
In the same year, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said the government lacks about 250 billion Egyptian pounds, or $14.1 billion, to overhaul the run-down rail system. El-Sissi spoke a day after a passenger train collided with a cargo train, killing at least 12 people, including a child.
A year earlier, two passenger trains collided just outside the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, killing 43 people. In 2016, at least 51 people were killed when two commuter trains collided near Cairo.
Egypt’s deadliest train crash took place in 2002, when over 300 people were killed when fire erupted in speeding train traveling from Cairo to southern Egypt.