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(CNN) -- Three people died and 24 others were hurt Monday when two trains collided just north of Cairo, state-run Nile TV said, quoting civil defense sources.

Civil defense sources said the collision occurred near Shebin el-Qanater in Qalyoubiya Province.

Nile TV said the crash occurred at about 9 p.m. (2 p.m. ET) when a cargo train collided with a passenger train.

Ahmed Rizq, head of emergency unit at Shebin el-Qanater Hospital, said the hospital received 24 injured people and one dead body.

He said about 60 emergency vehicles were at the scene of the crash.

Other media reports put the death toll at five, with the possibility of more casualties. Reuters news agency, citing security sources, said up to five people were dead and 28 injured.

Last month, two passenger trains collided and burst into flames in the same area, killing at least 57 people and injuring 128 others, Egyptian Health Minister Hatem el-Gabaly said.

The accident took place in Qalyoub, the capital of Qalyoubiya Province, and involved trains en route to Cairo from Banha and Mansoura, according to Qalyoub Governor Adly Hussein.

A transportation official said Train 808 from Mansoura ran into a slower-moving Train 344 from Banha.

Under long-standing government policy, the Egyptian government typically compensates families of train-crash fatalities 5,000 Egyptian pounds (around $870). Each of the injured receives 1,000 Egyptian pounds ($174).

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