Dozens killed and injured in crash and fire at Cairo train station

Trains are working back to normal few hours following the Cairo Ramsis Railway incident

Witnesses say the train did not slow down as it approached the station.

The daily Al-Ahram says the train crashed and the fuel tank exploded, causing the fire, but details were still not confirmed.

The impact caused a fuel tank on the platform to explode, setting fire to the train.

Sadek put the death toll at 20 while health officials said at least 25 people were killed and dozens more were injured in the crash and ensuing fire.

"The railcar takes time to (gather) speed so there is a chance that someone set it on full speed before leaving", he said, adding that investigators are considering all scenarios.

The fire may have been caused by the ignition of diesel fuel carried by the engine auto.

In general, he said, the accident signals "negligence from the driver and supervisors".

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Egypt's transport minister later resigned following the crash and resulting fire. One man is seen fleeing while completely on fire.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli visited the scene and said the cause of the collision was not yet known. He said: "Any person found to be negligent will be held accountable and it will be severe".

Egyptians have long complained that successive governments have failed to enforce basic safety standards for the railways.

The official statistics agency says there were 1,793 train accidents in 2017, up from 1,249 in 2016.

A deadly locomotive accident at Cairo's main train station was triggered by a brawl between two train conductors, Egypt's prosecutor general has determined.

In March previous year, the president said the government lacked about 250bn Egyptian pounds (£10.7bn; $14.1bn) to overhaul the rundown rail system.

And in August 2017, two passenger trains collided just outside the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, killing 43 people.

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