At least 25 killed in fire at Cairo railway station

Social Solidarity Minister Ghada Wali further affirmed that rescue and relief teams of the Egyptian Red Crescent and the Social Solidarity Directorate were sent to Cairo's Ramses train station to offer any help to families of victims, MENA reported.

Questions remain about what led to the train locomotive crashing into the barrier.

Rescuers were battling to save casualties on Wednesday morning after the major fire, but the death toll from the accident is "likely to rise".

Prosecutor General Nabil Sadek said the conductor of the railcar that rammed into a barrier at Cairo's Ramsis station, causing an explosion had left the vehicle without putting on its brakes.

On Wednesday, a fiery train crash killed at least 25 people at Cairo's main station, security and medical sources said.

The fire may have been caused by the ignition of diesel fuel carried by the engine vehicle. Regardless of how it happened, he said that the crash suggests "negligence from the driver and supervisors".

Egyptian Transport Minister Hesham Arafat has tendered his resignation because of the incident, according to Egypt's state news wire, and the prosecutor general has ordered an investigation into the fire.

Egypt's railway system has a poor safety record, mostly blamed on decades of badly maintained equipment and poor management.

Numerous wounded were in critical condition, mostly suffering severe burns, said Egyptian Health Minister Hala Zayed.

Madbouli said that those who fail to perform their duties and thus harm the lives of the Egyptian people will be punished. Official figures show that 1,793 train accidents took place in 2017 across the country.

In August 2017, 43 people died when two passenger trains collided outside Alexandria.

In March a year ago, 15 people were killed when a cargo train collided with a passenger train heading to Cairo.

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