At Least 20 Killed, Dozens More Injured in Fire at Cairo Train Station

The blaze started when a train crashed into a barrier in the Egyptian capital's central station

Security forces, rescue workers and civilians gather at the scene of the train crash in Cairo's main station, February 27, 2019.
\ AMR ABDALLAH DALSH/ REUTERS

At least 20 people were killed and more than 20 injured when a fire broke out at the main train station in Egypt's capital on Wednesday, two medical sources said. 

A witness said there was a blast when a train rammed into a barrier at Ramses station in central Cairo, and he had seen charred bodies on the ground.

"I was standing on the platform and I saw the train speed into the barrier," eyewitness Mina Ghaly told Reuters.

"Everyone started running but a lot of people died after the locomotive exploded." 

"I saw at least nine corpses lying on the ground, charred."