On Wednesday morning, a massive fire erupted at the main railway station in Cairo, leaving at least 20 people dead and 40 others injured. 

The fire came after a train collided with a concrete buffer stop at Ramses Station. This reportedly led the fuel tank to explode, setting the massive platform ablaze, according to the BBC.

Ambulances and fire engines rushed to the area. 

"I was standing on the platform and I saw the train speed into the barrier," one witness told Reuters.

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"May God have mercy on all those dead, and heal those injured"

"May God have mercy on all the victims of the incident"

"Absolutely heartbreaking"


Hospitals are in need of blood donations

"All hospitals near Ramses Station are in need of blood donations. If you're near a hospital, please donate blood to those in need."

"Donate blood and save the life of a person"

Egypt's railway system has been heavily criticized for its poor infrastructure, which has put people's lives at risk several times in the past. 

In August 2017, two passenger trains collided right outside the Egyptian city of Alexandria. The incident left 43 people dead and over 100 others injured.

The deadliest rail incident in Egypt took place in 2002 when a fire broke out in a passenger train, killing more than 370 people.