Train fireball at Cairo station in Egypt leaves dozens dead and injured

At least 20 people are dead and 40 more have been injured after a train crashed and burst into flames while coming into a station in Egypt.

The train was travelling from Alexandria, Egypt’s second-largest city, into the capital Cairo on Wednesday morning when it hit a concrete buffer at the end of the track and exploded.

Ramses station, Egypt’s busiest, was completely closed following the blaze as investigators were sent to the scene to establish how the crash occurred. 

At least 20 people are dead and 40 more wounded after a train coming into Ramses station in Cairo, Egypt, crashed into a concrete barrier and exploded

At least 20 people are dead and 40 more wounded after a train coming into Ramses station in Cairo, Egypt, crashed into a concrete barrier and exploded

At least 20 people are dead and 40 more wounded after a train coming into Ramses station in Cairo, Egypt, crashed into a concrete barrier and exploded

The crash caused the train's fuel tank to burst which in turn sparked a huge blaze that engulfed a platform at the station, which is the busiest in Egypt

The crash caused the train's fuel tank to burst which in turn sparked a huge blaze that engulfed a platform at the station, which is the busiest in Egypt

The crash caused the train’s fuel tank to burst which in turn sparked a huge blaze that engulfed a platform at the station, which is the busiest in Egypt

Egyptian authorities say they don't know what caused the train to run into the barrier, but investigators have been sent to the scene to establish what happened

Egyptian authorities say they don't know what caused the train to run into the barrier, but investigators have been sent to the scene to establish what happened

Egyptian authorities say they don’t know what caused the train to run into the barrier, but investigators have been sent to the scene to establish what happened

The train had been arriving from Alexandria, Egypt's second-busiest city, on Wednesday morning when the crash happened

The train had been arriving from Alexandria, Egypt's second-busiest city, on Wednesday morning when the crash happened

The train had been arriving from Alexandria, Egypt’s second-busiest city, on Wednesday morning when the crash happened

Pictures of the train show it has come off the rails after hitting a buffer at the end of the tracks with heavy fire damage to the surrounding buildings

Pictures of the train show it has come off the rails after hitting a buffer at the end of the tracks with heavy fire damage to the surrounding buildings

Pictures of the train show it has come off the rails after hitting a buffer at the end of the tracks with heavy fire damage to the surrounding buildings

Fire crews clamber over the wreckage of the train after extinguishing the blaze

Fire crews clamber over the wreckage of the train after extinguishing the blaze

Fire crews clamber over the wreckage of the train after extinguishing the blaze

The platform opposite where the train was arriving sustained heavy damage in the blaze, with this shop completely torched

The platform opposite where the train was arriving sustained heavy damage in the blaze, with this shop completely torched

The platform opposite where the train was arriving sustained heavy damage in the blaze, with this shop completely torched

Inspectors walk around and area adjacent to where the train crashed which was heavily damaged in the fire

Inspectors walk around and area adjacent to where the train crashed which was heavily damaged in the fire

Inspectors walk around and area adjacent to where the train crashed which was heavily damaged in the fire

A view of the side of the train shows that it has been completely gutted by flames as fire crews work nearby

A view of the side of the train shows that it has been completely gutted by flames as fire crews work nearby

A view of the side of the train shows that it has been completely gutted by flames as fire crews work nearby

Mohammed Said, the head of the Cairo Railroad hospital, said the death toll is expected to increase.

Heavy black smoke can be seen rising into the sky at the scene.

The daily Al-Ahram newspaper said the train crashed and the fuel tank exploded, causing the fire, but details have not yet been confirmed. 

Witness Mina Ghaly told Reuters: ‘I was standing on the platform and I saw the train speed into the barrier.

‘Everyone started running but a lot of people died after the locomotive exploded.

‘I saw at least nine corpses lying on the ground, charred.’

Egypt’s railway authority has halted all arrivals into the station until further notice. 

Pictures from the scene showed charred bodies along the train tracks and people fleeing for their lives as the fire took hold 

Pictures from the scene showed charred bodies along the train tracks and people fleeing for their lives as the fire took hold 

Pictures from the scene showed charred bodies along the train tracks and people fleeing for their lives as the fire took hold 

Flames cover the train tracks and one of the platforms at Ramses station in Cairo as people flee for their lives down the track 

Flames cover the train tracks and one of the platforms at Ramses station in Cairo as people flee for their lives down the track 

Flames cover the train tracks and one of the platforms at Ramses station in Cairo as people flee for their lives down the track 

Part of the station's main building collapsed after being consumed by flames, according to local media which described panicked scenes as people fled

Part of the station's main building collapsed after being consumed by flames, according to local media which described panicked scenes as people fled

Part of the station’s main building collapsed after being consumed by flames, according to local media which described panicked scenes as people fled

Footage also showed fire engulfing the train and a nearby platform and people rushing to help the casualties.

Ambulances and rescue teams were dispatched to the site, medical sources said.

‘Any person found to be negligent will be held accountable and it will be severe,’ Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli said as he arrived at the site.

Egyptians have long complained that the government has failed to deal with chronic transport problems in the country, where roads are as poorly maintained as railway lines.

The official statistics agency says there were 1,793 train accidents in 2017.

Emergency vehicles surround Ramses station in central Cairo as crowds gather on Wednesday

Emergency vehicles surround Ramses station in central Cairo as crowds gather on Wednesday

Emergency vehicles surround Ramses station in central Cairo as crowds gather on Wednesday

Ramses station is the busiest in Egypt's capital, and has been completely closed after the fire

Ramses station is the busiest in Egypt's capital, and has been completely closed after the fire

Ramses station is the busiest in Egypt’s capital, and has been completely closed after the fire

Egyptian rail authorities have cancelled all travel into and out of the station until further notice

Egyptian rail authorities have cancelled all travel into and out of the station until further notice

Egyptian rail authorities have cancelled all travel into and out of the station until further notice

Dozens of emergency vehicles including ambulances and fire trucks rushed to the scene as smoke poured from the station

Dozens of emergency vehicles including ambulances and fire trucks rushed to the scene as smoke poured from the station

Dozens of emergency vehicles including ambulances and fire trucks rushed to the scene as smoke poured from the station

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