Egyptian train hits minibus; 24 killed

AFP-JIJI

At least 24 people were killed in Egypt when a train plowed into a truck and a minibus at a grade crossing early Monday, the Health Ministry said.

Another 28 people were injured in the accident, which took place south of Cairo. Local police Chief Kamal al-Dali told state television the minibus was carrying guests home from a wedding.

The head of the Egyptian Railway Authority said the vehicles had ignored warning lights and chains blocking entry, and tried to drive through the crossing.

“The bus stormed the crossing, according to initial reports,” Hussein Zakaria told state television. “The crossing was closed with chains, there were warning lights.”

The train, whose driver survived the crash, continued for almost a kilometer before coming to a halt, he said.