Published:  12:18 AM, 13 August 2017

Egypt train crash toll hits 41

The death toll from Egypt's latest train disaster rose to 41 as cranes worked Saturday to clear the stricken railway line between Cairo and the Mediterranean city of Alexandria.

Under floodlights, rescue teams had combed wrecked carriages all night for casualties, also using torches on their mobile phones. The toll from Friday's accident when two trains collided near Alexandria rose to 41 dead, the health ministry said on Saturday.

The accident also wounded 132 people, with 79 being discharged after treatment while 53 remained in hospital on Saturday, Health Minister Ahmed Emad el-Din Rady said in a statement.

A stream of ambulances had ferried the injured, stretched out on the ground in a field alongside the railway tracks, to Alexandria hospitals. Workers used cranes to lift four knotted sheet-metal carriages blocking the normally busy Cairo-Alexandria line.

-AFP, Alexandria

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