A speeding train crashed into a barrier at Cairo’s main train station, causing its fuel tank to explode and sparking a huge fire that left at least 25 people dead on Wednesday, officials said.
Railway officials said the train was speeding and collided head-on with the barrier. At least 47 people were also injured in the accident. Mohammed Said, the head of the Cairo Railroad hospital, said there are concerns the death toll could rise. Photographs from the station showed charred bodies lying on the platforms at the Ramsis station in downtown Cairo.
Egypt’s Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli said authorities must determine “who caused the accident and hold that person accountable.” He promised “harsh punishment” for those found responsible.