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At least 80 dead in Egyptian train crash

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At least 80 dead in Egyptian train crash

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At least 80 people are thought to have died in a crash between two passenger trains in Egypt. The accident, which has also injured around 165 people, happened near Qalyoub, some 20 kilometres north of Cairo at about 7.30am local time. Initial reports suggest one of the trains went through a stop signal and crashed into the back of the other, derailing some of the carriages.

Egypt has a history of serious train crashes, usually blamed on poorly-maintained equipment, many of which have happened in the Nile Delta, north of the capital. The worst train disaster, in February 2002, cost the lives of 363 people.