Multiple killed after explosion at Cairo train station

Smoke billows from Cairo's Ramses Railway Station Wednesday

Railway officials said the train was speeding and collided head-on with the barrier.

Egyptian state TV confirmed the figures.

Surveillance video, widely shared on social media, shows people calmly walking through the train station. However, one railway official said it was too early to rule it out.

An Egyptian medical official says at least 25 people have been killed and dozens injured.

Rescuers were battling to save casualties on Wednesday morning after the major fire, but the death toll from the accident is "likely to rise".

"The railcar takes time to (gather) speed so there is a chance that someone set it on full speed before leaving", he said, adding that investigators are considering all scenarios.

"The driver left the railcar without taking any measures to brake it", Sadek said in a statement. Regardless of how it happened, he said that the crash suggests "negligence from the driver and supervisors".

Meanwhile, Egypt's Prosecutor-General has opened an investigation into the incident and police are investigating CCTV cameras and talking to witnesses to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident.

The deadliest accident on Egypt's railways dates back to 2002 when 373 people died when a fire ripped through a crowded train south of the capital. Online videos of the incident showed people trying to flee the flames as the engine hit the barrier.

The fire is believed to have been caused by the explosion of a fuel tank on a train heading into Ramses station in downtown Cairo.

Heavy black smoke could be seen billowing into the sky in Cairo in the aftermath of the crash.

The BBC notes that Egypt's railway system has a poor safety record.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli visited the scene and said the cause of the collision was not yet known.

Mohammed Said, head of the Cairo Railroad hospital, said the death toll could rise.

The transport minister said the train's diesel tank had exploded.

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