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Last Updated: Tuesday, 5 September 2006, 05:47 GMT 06:47 UK
Five dead in Egypt rail accident
Crash scene
The latest crash came two weeks after another serious accident
At least five people are dead after a passenger train collided with a cargo train north of the Egyptian capital, Cairo, security sources say.

About 30 others were injured in the accident late on Monday near the town of Shibin al-Qanater.

Two weeks ago another collision involving commuter trains in the same area killed 58 people. It was Egypt's worst rail accident in four years.

Public outrage was sparked by the poor condition of Egypt's transport network.

The cause of Monday's crash is still unknown.

Security sources told Reuters that rescue workers had recovered two bodies from the wreckage, including the driver of one of the trains.

They were working to free three more bodies believed to be trapped under two overturned carriages, the sources said.

In the earlier crash, one train reportedly ploughed into another which had stopped outside a station in Qalyoub, 20km (12 miles) from Cairo.

Reports suggested one of the trains failed to heed a stop signal outside the train station.

Both trains had been travelling from the Nile Delta south towards Cairo, crowded with many passengers on their usual journey to work in the capital.

Carriages were derailed and overturned, and one train was set ablaze.

An investigation into what happened is now underway.




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