Train slams into vehicles, kills more than 20

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Associated Press

Posted on November 17, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 17 at 10:04 PM

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian state TV reports a train traveling south of Egypt's capital slammed into vehicles crossing the tracks early Monday, killing at least 22 people.

A medical emergency official tells Nile News TV that 28 people were injured. He says the number of dead may rise but that all victims had been cleared from the scene.

A security official says the train was traveling from the southern city of Beni Suef when it hit at least three vehicles, including a small bus, near the village of Dahshur, about 25 miles south of Cairo.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief reporters.

Nile News TV quotes security officials as saying the crossing gates of the tracks had been closed and the train's driver was surprised to see vehicles still crossing.

Egypt is notorious for train collisions and has a poor safety record. It's mostly blamed on decades of badly maintained equipment.

Last year, a train crashed into a bus, killing 51 children traveling to school some 200 miles south of Cairo.

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