The death toll from Thursday's (8 September) train crash in Egypt, has now risen to twenty-six.
SV: Of train wreck below embankment.
SV: Of overturned carriage (TWO SHOTS).
SV: Workers surveying wreck site and damaged rail bed.
SV: Workers surveying train wreck.
SV: Train carriages overturned along rail bed
CU: Twisted wreckage of train carriage
SV PAN: Train wreckage PAN: to nearby train moving by on another track
SV: Of damaged rail bed PAN: to wrecked carriages
SV PAN: Of people gazing at wreckage.
VS PAN: People gazing at dead bodies lying on ground covered up.
SV: of bodies being carried away on stretcher.
SV: Police guards looking on
SV: Of bodies being loaded into ambulance
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Background: The death toll from Thursday's (8 September) train crash in Egypt, has now risen to twenty-six.
SYNOPSIS: The train was travelling from Cairo to Aswan at 74 MPH (120 KPH), when eight of its eleven carriages jumped the rials, near the city of Assiut. Some of the carriages were torn in half as they hurled down the embankment along the side of the tracks.
The twisted state of some of the carriages has hampered rescue work. The Egyptian Transport Minister, Abdel-Fattah Abdallah was quickly on the scene to supervise the rescue operations and has ordered immediate aid to the families of the head and injured. The Social Affairs Minister said financial compensation will be given to the relatives of those killed and injured.
Train service between Cairo and Aswan has been curtailed while work goes on to repair the damaged track and clear the wreckage.
So far, more than 150 passengers, have been taken to hospitals in assiut for treatment. Buses, taxis, and private cars in the vicinity of the accident were sent to the scene to help shift injured passengers. The death toll is expected to rise still further. It's feared it could go higher than 50. Officials said there were no foreign victims so far, but they could not say if any foreigners might be buried in the wreckage. Recovered bodies were loaded into ambulances and taken to nearby hospitals for identification.
Officials say that the cause of the accident was not immediately known.