18 Jul 2012

Train crash in Cairo

5:12 am on 18 July 2012

A passenger train in Egypt has derailed and caught fire in a suburb of Cairo.

Many people are feared dead, but details are still scarce.

Some reports say the train burst into flames after colliding with a truck.

The BBC reports the train was heading into Cairo from the province of Suhag when it came off the line in the Badrashin area of Giza.

Egypt's last major rail crash was in October 2009, when 18 people were killed and dozens injured in a collision between two passenger trains in the Giza area, 40km southwest of Cairo.

In 2002, a train caught fire in Cairo killing 373 people.