At least 32 people have been killed and 66 injured after two trains collided north of the city of Sohag in Egypt.
The country’s railway authority said emergency brakes in the first train were triggered by “unknown individuals”, which caused the train to come to a halt.
A second train then crashed into the first from behind, causing two carriages to come off the tracks.
Authorities have dispatched 36 ambulances to the scene and casualties were being taken to local hospitals, the nation’s health ministry said in a statement on Friday, March 26.
Pictures on local media show overturned carriages with passengers trapped inside.
Some of the victims appeared unconscious and others were bleeding.
“The trains collided while going at not very high speeds, which led to the destruction of two carriages and a third to overturn,” a security source told Reuters.
The public prosecutor’s office has ordered an investigation into the fatal collision, it announced.