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At least 20 people died in the center of Cairo: NPR



Policemen were guarded in front of a damaged train at the Ramses railway station in Cairo, Egypt, on Wednesday.

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Policemen were guarded in front of a damaged train at the Ramses railway station in Cairo, Egypt, on Wednesday.

Nariman El-Mofta / AP

At least 20 people were killed and 40 wounded after the locomotive of the train crashed into the bar at the main railway station of the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on Wednesday morning.

A locomotive fuel tank then exploded, according to the Egyptian Railways, by sending a flame over the platform of the Ramses station crowded with people.

"The fire overwhelmed them, and they ran while they were in the fire until they dropped meters from the incident," said witness Ahmed Abdeltababy. "The scene was horrible."

Video surveillance, widespread in social networks, shows people who calmly walk around the railway station. Suddenly they start to run as the flames explode in the area, absorbing the crowd. See one man when they run away completely in the fire. He desperately runs up and down the stairs, and another person tries to help him, pouring it in water.

Egyptian transport minister Hesham Arafat filed an application for resignation because of an incident, reports the state television channel of Egypt, and the Attorney General has ordered an investigation into the fire.

There are questions that the locomotive of the train crashed into the bar. The general railroad instructor, Ashraf Momtaz, told Associated Press that at this point it is not clear there was a driver on board when it crashed and it's possible they could jump.

"A wagon needs time to (collect) speed, so there is a chance that someone will set it at full speed before driving," Momtaz said in a wire service. Regardless of how it happened, he said the accident offered "carelessness from the driver and the drivers."

Ramses Station, located in the vibrant center of Cairo, is the center of travel for Egypt. This is a country where traumatic traumatic fatal accidents often occur. As A.P. notes, "official figures show that in 2017, across the country, 1793 accidents occurred on the train." that the country has no budget to completely upgrade the poorly maintained train system, added wire service. But recently, according to local media, the Railway Office has been trying to introduce some new safeguards to prevent accidents.

In 2017, a train collided with another near the coastal city of Alexandria, killing more than 40 people. And in 2012, about 50 children were killed when a train crashed into their school bus in central Egypt.


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