At least 20 people were killed in a latest disaster to strike Egypt’s rundown railways on Wednesday at Cairo’s main train station.
The country’s transportation minister resigned hours after the accident.
The train engine appeared to have slammed into the buffers at the end of the track at high speed, sparking a major blaze that blackened the walls of the Ramses station.
Firefighters were seen hosing down the charred wreckage of the locomotive as security forces guarded the site.
According to the health minister, twenty people were killed and 40 injured.
Ahmed Ibrahim, a jewelry salesman, said he was on his way to work when he heard a loud explosion.
“I ran to see a lot of people injured. I had to carry a young girl with my own hands,” he said, apparently still in shock.
“I saw bodies cut in half. I’d never seen that … I never thought I’d ever touch dead bodies.”
CCTV footage circulating online showed the locomotive smashing into the barrier without slowing down. People walking on the platform were enveloped by smoke.
Separate footage filmed inside the station showed a fire engulfing the train and a nearby platform and people rushing to help the casualties.
Several people were seen in videos running around and screaming for help after catching fire.
“I carried around 20 charred bodies to ambulances,” said Atef Ahmed Mahmoud from the Nile Delta city of Zagazig.