Cairo: Egyptian security officials say two trains traveling south of the capital have collided, killing at least five people.
The officials said the collision today is believed to be caused by an error from the switch operator. The two trains were travelling between two villages near Fayyoum, an oasis province 100 kilometers southwest of Cairo.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to brief the media.
Egypt`s railway system has a poor safety record, mostly blamed on badly maintained equipment and poor management. Egypt`s worst railway disaster took place in February 2002 when a train heading to southern Egypt caught fire, killing 363 people.