19 Egyptians killed in army train crash

People gather around the wreckage of a train in Giza in Badrashin, about 40 km west of Cairo, Egypt, January 15, 2013.

A train carrying Egyptian military recruits to an army camp has derailed near the capital, Cairo, killing at least 19 people and injuring 107 others.

Officials say the incident took place on Tuesday when the train jumped the track in the Giza neighborhood of Badrasheen near the capital.

The injured passengers, some of them in critical condition, have been taken to nearby hospitals for treatment.

Egypt’s roads and railways have a poor safety record, which have caused a string of deadly crashes.

In November, nearly 50 school children lost their lives after a train collided with their bus in central Egypt.

In Egypt’s deadliest railway tragedy, more than 360 passengers were killed in a train incident in 2002.

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