Trains collide in Algeria, multiple casualties reported (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
According to reports, the trains were travelling in the same direction when they collided.
"It's not a crash but a clash,” Yacine Bendjaballah, director of the National Society Algerian railway (SNTF) said. ”The two passenger trains were rolling in the same direction.”
Local TV channel Ennahar said one of the two conductors is dead, quoting the Civil Defense, and reported the trains were running between Algiers and Thenia.
Injured passengers are being transported to hospital in Boumerdes.
Photos and footage from the scene show passengers and first responders trying to free trapped passengers from the wreckage.
Algeria’s transport minister Boujema Talai said the crash occurred when an express train and a normal speed train collided on the same track, Elbilad reports.
Collision de trains au niveau de Boudouaou, nchallah pas de morts, allah yej3al lkhir nchalh! pic.twitter.com/0FPokN3eK1— Dziriya lalat labnat (@LalateLabnat) September 24, 2016
Boudouaou is located on the Mediterranean coast in the province of Boumedes.