More than 20 killed and 40 injured after 'speeding train crashes and explodes' at Cairo station

More than 20 people have been killed and at least 40 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'.

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Rescue workers put out a fire at the main train station in Cairo, Egypt, February 27, 2019. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
A medic takes picture with his mobile after a fire caused deaths and injuries at the main train station in Cairo, Egypt, February 27, 2019. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
A member of security forces inspect the damage caused by a fire at the main train station in Cairo, Egypt, February 27, 2019. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
People inspect the damage caused by a fire at the main train station, in Cairo, Egypt, February 27, 2019. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
People gather at the main train station after a fire caused deaths and injuries, in Cairo, Egypt, February 27, 2019. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
A damaged train is seen at the main train station after a fire caused deaths and injuries, in Cairo, Egypt, February 27, 2019. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
A member of security forces gestures as rescue workers and people gather at the scene after a fire caused deaths and injuries at the main train station in Cairo, Egypt, February 27, 2019. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
A rescue worker inspects the damage after a fire caused deaths and injuries at the main train station, in Cairo, Egypt, February 27, 2019. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
Ashtrays are seen after a fire caused deaths and injuries at the main train station, in Cairo, Egypt, February 27, 2019. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
Rescue workers are seen at the main train station after a fire caused deaths and injuries, in Cairo, Egypt, February 27, 2019. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
A rescue worker looks on after a fire caused deaths and injuries at the main train station in Cairo, Egypt, February 27, 2019. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
Rescue workers operate after a fire caused deaths and injuries at the main train station in Cairo, Egypt, February 27, 2019. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
Members of the security forces and onlookers gather at the scene of a fiery train crash at the Egyptian capital Cairo's main railway station on February 27, 2019. - The crash killed at least 20 people, Egyptian security and medical sources said. The accident, which sparked a major blaze at the Ramses station, also injured 40 others, the sources said. (Photo by Ahmad Hassan / AFP) (Photo credit should read AHMAD HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Fire fighters and onlookers gather at the scene of a fiery train crash at the Egyptian capital Cairo's main railway station on February 27, 2019. - The crash killed at least 20 people, Egyptian security and medical sources said. The accident, which sparked a major blaze at the Ramses station, also injured 40 others, the sources said. (Photo by Ahmad Hassan / AFP) (Photo credit should read AHMAD HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the security forces gather at the scene of a fiery train crash at the Egyptian capital Cairo's main railway station on February 27, 2019. - The crash killed at least 20 people, Egyptian security and medical sources said. The accident, which sparked a major blaze at the Ramses station, also injured 40 others, the sources said. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP) (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
CAIRO, EGYPT - FEBRUARY 27 : Onlookers gather at the scene of a fiery train crash at the Egyptian capital Cairo's main railway station on February 27, 2019. The accident, which sparked a major blaze at the Ramses station, leaves at least 20 dead and 40 others injured. (Photo by Ahmed Al Sayed/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Members of the security forces and onlookers gather at the scene of a fiery train crash at the Egyptian capital Cairo's main railway station on February 27, 2019. - The crash killed at least 20 people, Egyptian security and medical sources said. The accident, which sparked a major blaze at the Ramses station, also injured 40 others, the sources said. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP) (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
A fire fighter works at the scene of a fiery train crash at the Egyptian capital Cairo's main railway station on February 27, 2019. - The crash killed at least 20 people, Egyptian security and medical sources said. The accident, which sparked a major blaze at the Ramses station, also injured 40 others, the sources said. (Photo by Hussein Talal / AFP) (Photo credit should read HUSSEIN TALAL/AFP/Getty Images)
A fire fighter extinguishes flames at the scene of a fiery train crash at the Egyptian capital Cairo's main railway station on February 27, 2019. - The crash killed at least 20 people, Egyptian security and medical sources said. The accident, which sparked a major blaze at the Ramses station, also injured 40 others, the sources said. (Photo by Hussein Talal / AFP) (Photo credit should read HUSSEIN TALAL/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Fire fighters and onlookers gather at the scene of a fiery train crash at the Egyptian capital Cairo's main railway station on February 27, 2019. - The crash killed at least 20 people, Egyptian security and medical sources said. The accident, which sparked a major blaze at the Ramses station, also injured 40 others, the sources said. (Photo by Hussein Talal / AFP) (Photo credit should read HUSSEIN TALAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescuers and onlookers gather at the scene of a fiery train crash at the Egyptian capital Cairo's main railway station on February 27, 2019. - The crash killed at least 20 people, Egyptian security and medical sources said. The accident, which sparked a major blaze at the Ramses station, also injured 40 others, the sources said. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP) (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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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.

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.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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