Two passenger trains have collided in northern Egypt, killing at least 41 people and injuring more than 120 others, health officials say.

A number of carriage were derailed by the accident in the coastal city of Alexandria.

Reports said one of the trains had been brought to a halt after a malfunction. Transport Minister Hisham Arafat blamed “human error”.

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The trains, one travelling from the capital Cairo and the other from Port Said, crashed at about 14:15 local time.

One resident, Hoda, was standing on her rooftop when she saw the trains crashed.

“They rose in the air forming a pyramid when they collided. I started to scream from the rooftops for people to grab some sheets and run,” she said.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ordered an investigation into the accident, and the government promised financial compensation to the families of the victims.

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