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Train crash south of Cairo kills 26

Train slams into at least three vehicles, with most victims family members returning from a wedding in Cairo.

The wreckage of a train that struck three vehicles in the Giza neighbourhood of Dahshour, 40 kilometres south of Cairo. Khaled Elfiqi / EPA
The wreckage of a train that struck three vehicles in the Giza neighbourhood of Dahshour, 40 kilometres south of Cairo. Khaled Elfiqi / EPA

CAIRO // Egyptian officials say the death toll from a train crash south of Cairo has risen to 26, after two of the injured died in hospital.

The train slammed into at least three vehicles, including a truck, crossing the tracks early on Monday near the village of Dahshur.

Most of the dead and injured were family members returning from a wedding in Cairo.

The head of Egypt’s emergency services, Ahmed el-Ansari, says 28 people remained in hospital, mostly with fractures, crush injuries and lost body parts.

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

A year ago, a train crashed into a bus, killing 51 school children in southern Egypt.