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At least 36 killed in train crash in Egypt

Medical authorities fear the number of dead will continue to rise. Credit: AP

At least 36 people have been killed and more than 100 others injured after two trains collided in Egypt.

The disaster happened when a passenger train travelling from the capital Cairo to Alexandria struck the back end of another vehicle at a small station in the western Khorshid district, the Egyptian Railways Authority said.

It has not yet given any explanation of why the collision took place, saying only that they are still investigating the circumstances.

The accident was the deadliest rail incident that Egypt has seen in nearly a decade. Credit: AP

The stationary train had just arrived from Port Said, a Mediterranean city on the northern tip of the Suez Canal, when it was hit, according to the statement.

Medical officials have said they feared the death toll would rise further.

Ambulances were standing by and riot police were deployed to keep the onlookers away from the scene of the disaster.

The accident took place near Alexandria in western Egypt. Credit: ITV News

Egypt's railway system has a poor safety record, mostly blamed on decades of badly maintained equipment and poor management.

Friday's collision was the latest in a series of deadly accidents that have claimed hundreds of lives over the years. Figures recently released by the state's statistics agency show that 1,249 train accidents took place last year, the highest number since 2009 when the number reached 1,577.

Friday's accident was the deadliest rail accident since 2006, when at least 51 people were killed when two commuter trains collided near Cairo.