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The wreckage of the bus carrying members of a family group returning from a wedding party is seen after the crash

At least 26 people have been killed in Egypt after a train slammed into several vehicles including a bus and a truck.

Most of the victims were guests and family members of a wedding party who were travelling home on the bus after the ceremony in Cairo.

The incident occurred at a crossing near the village of Dahshur, about 40km (25 miles) south of the capital, officials said.

According to the head of Egypt's railway authority, the bus driver and drivers of the other vehicles ignored warning lights and attempted to cross the tracks despite the approaching train.

They were slammed into by a freight train carrying construction materials from the city of Beni Suef to Cairo.

"The bus stormed the crossing, according to initial reports," Hussein Zakaria told state television. "The crossing was closed with chains and there were warning lights."

At least 28 people were injured, the head of Egypt's emergency services, Ahmed el-Ansari, said. Many remain in hospital.

Egypt railways have a poor safety record. Almost 20 people were killed in another incident in January while nearly 50 children died as a train hit their school bus near Manfalut in November 2012. 

The wreckage of the bus carrying members of a family group returning from a wedding party is seen after the crash
The wreckage of the bus carrying members of a family group returning from a wedding party is seen after the crashReuters
According to the head of Egypt’s railway authority a bus driver ignored warning lights and attempted to cross the tracks
According to the head of Egypt’s railway authority a bus driver ignored warning lights and attempted to cross the tracksReuters
At least 26 people were killed in Egypt as a train crashed into a number of vehicles, including a bus and a small truck
At least 26 people were killed in Egypt as a train crashed into a number of vehicles, including a bus and a small truckReuters
A man holding his daughter, lies on a hospital bed after being injured in the train crash
A man holding his daughter, lies on a hospital bed after being injured in the train crashReuters
The accident occurred at a crossing near the village of Dahshur, about 40km (25 miles) south of Cairo
The accident occurred at a crossing near the village of Dahshur, about 40km (25 miles) south of CairoReuters
At least 28 people were injured in the crash south of the Egyptian capital of Cairo
At least 28 people were injured in the crash south of the Egyptian capital of CairoReuters