Egypt train crash kills 20

Last updated 14:14 18/11/2013

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More than 20 people are dead after a train crashed into a pick-up truck and a minibus near Cairo.

A security official said the train was traveling from the southern city of Beni Suef when it hit at least three vehicles, including a small bus, near the village of Dahshur, about 40 kilometres south of Cairo. 

The official said it was not clear if the 20 killed were all bus passengers.

Egypt's transport network has come under attack last year when fifty people, mostly children, were killed after a train crashed into a school bus South of Cairo.

Roads and railways in Egypt have a poor safety record and locals have long complained that successive governments have failed to enforce even basic safeguards, leading to a string of deadly crashes.

The country's worst train disaster was in 2002 when a fire ripped through seven carriages of an overcrowded passenger train, killing at least 360 people.

- Reuters/AP

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