CAIRO: At least 20 people were killed and dozens more injured when a train smashed into a steel barrier, erupting into a ball of flames at Ramses station in central Cairo on Wednesday.
Social media footage showed images of people fleeing and what appeared to be burnt corpses strewn across the platform and railway track below.
Thick black smoke could be seen rising high above the area as the flames engulfed the station platform.
Video footage from Cairo’s Ramses train station shows a platform engulfed in flames pic.twitter.com/AWyrSwoJrc
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Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly arrived at the scene and pledged in a statement to reporters to investigate and hold those responsible for any negligence to account.
The transportation minister and governor of Cairo were also at the scene.
The railway authority ordered the evacuation of the station.