BADRSHEIN, Egypt (AP) _ At least 75 people were killed and 76 were injured today when a train carrying mostly workers slammed into the Cairo-to-Luxor express, which had slowed down because of heavy fog, police said.

The crash of the two passenger trains sent cars hurtling off the track, destroying 10 wooden shops that lined the railway in Badrshein (BAAD-ra-sheen), about 15 miles south of Cairo.

More than four hours after the crash, bloodied bodies were still being carried away on stretchers. Four bodies could be seen inside passenger cars.

Police Brig. Mohammed el-Mahdi said 75 people were dead and 76 injured. He expected the death toll to rise as rescuers found bodies inside the wreckage.

Mahmoud Abdel-Shafi, who heard the crash and ran to the scene, said the accident happened about 8 a.m. when the dozens of shops that line the track were not yet open.

``Thank God ... not that many people were around,'' he said.

Abdel-Shafi said he helped other townspeople pull about 25 bodies from the wreckage, including those of two children. A blood-spattered child's school bag lay alongside the twisted metal.

At least three cars of one train were thrown atop the other, and other cars derailed. Lt. Gen. Mustafa Sabri, a civil defense official, said five train cars were destroyed.

Rescue workers brought in a crane to help dismantle the wreckage. Hundreds of police officers and soldiers kept away onlookers as rescuers searched for bodies and survivors. Ambulances cruised nearby streets, pleading over loudspeakers for blood donations.

Outside the morgue of Badrshein's hospital, about 200 yards from the tracks, four men wailed after identifying the body of a relative. ``Where are you, Mohammed,'' one man cried, referring to the dead relative.

A nurse at the hospital, Asmaa Abdel-Moneim, described the morgue as ``very bloody.''

``There is one dead woman who was found carrying her dead baby and with one of her legs cut off,'' she said. ``There are some complete bodies and some very mutilated.''

Thirty-one bodies were taken to the hospital, and 17 were identified. When the hospital's beds filled up, other injured were taken to hospitals in a nearby towns and in Cairo.

Police blamed the accident on fog. The transportation ministry said an initial investigation indicated the engineer on the rear train failed to obey a signal to stop. The engineer was believed to have been killed in the crash.

Badrshein is on the Nile River, which is often blanketed with fog on winter mornings.

El-Mahdi, the police official, said the crash happened when a train en route from Cairo to Fayoum carrying mostly workers plowed into the Cairo-Luxor express. Although Luxor's ancient temples make it a major tourist attraction, el-Mahdi said he had no reports of foreigners aboard the train.

Fayoum is 55 miles southwest of Cairo; Luxor is 315 miles south of the capital along the Nile.

An assistant engineer on the express train, Ibrahim Tantawi, said it was moving slowly because of fog that limited visibility to three feet. He spoke from a hospital bed, his right arm bandaged and his forehead scratched.

``The driver even stuck his head out of the window to try and see the semaphore (signal),'' said Tantawi, 35. ``In one second, I found myself lying under a pile of metal.''

Townspeople said there had been concern about the line through Badrshein because the town does not have a guarded crossing gate. They said 10 people were killed last year when a train hit a bus in the town.

The train tracks in Badrshein are lined with shops. A day before the crash, tens of thousands of people were at the town's Wednesday market there, shopkeepers said.

They said the railway recently won a court order to have the shops removed. But the shopkeepers complained they rented the stores from the city council.

``We are caught in the middle,'' said Mohammed Kafafi, a butcher whose shop was destroyed in the crash.