Dozens were killed and at least 47 left injured after a train crash caused a fuel tank explosion at Cairo’s main station.
Rescuers were battling to save casualties on Wednesday morning after the major fire, but the death toll from the accident is ‘likely to rise’.
The fire is said to have been triggered by an exploding fuel tank on a speeding train that was heading into Ramses station in the centre of Cairo.
The death toll stood at 25 by Wednesday afternoon, though Mohammed Said, the head of the Cairo Railway hospital, said the number of fatalities could rise further following the blaze.
The Ramsis district is among the busiest and most crowded areas of the Egyptian capital.
The state railway agency briefly halted all train traffic and ordered the evacuation of the station.
Videos from surveillance cameras inside the station showed flames ravaging the station.
Heavy black smoke could be seen billowing into the sky in Cairo in the aftermath of the crash.
Eyewitness Mina Ghaly said she saw ‘charred bodies’ on the ground after the horrific incident.
She told Reuters: ‘I was standing on the platform and I saw the train speed into the barrier.
‘Everyone started running but a lot of people died after the locomotive exploded.
‘I saw at least nine corpses lying on the ground, charred.’
Egypt’s railway authority has halted all arrivals into the station until further notice.’
The daily Al-Ahram newspaper said the train crashed and the fuel tank exploded, causing the fire, but details have not yet been confirmed.
Egypt’s prime minister Mustafa Madbouli said authorities must determine “who caused the accident and hold that person accountable”.
He promised “harsh punishment” for the culprits.
Egypt’s transport minister later resigned following the crash and resulting fire.