A passenger practice derailed Sunday north of Cairo, killing not less than 11 folks and injuring scores extra, the Egyptian authorities stated. It was the most recent of a number of lethal rail accidents to hit the nation in recent times.
At the very least 60 ambulances rushed to search out survivors and assist those that have been harm when 4 practice automobiles ran off the rails simply outdoors Cairo, the railway authority stated. At the very least 98 folks have been injured, principally with damaged bones, cuts and bruises, the Well being Ministry stated in a press release.
Movies on social media confirmed practice automobiles overturned on the metropolis of Banha in Qalyubia Province and passengers escaping alongside the tracks. The practice was certain for the Nile Delta metropolis of Mansura from Cairo, the capital, the rail authority stated in a press release.
Salvage groups may very well be seen looking for survivors and eradicating the derailed practice automobiles. It was not instantly clear what precipitated the derailment, and prosecutors stated they have been investigating.
The state-run every day newspaper Ahram reported that the authorities had detained not less than 10 railway officers, together with the practice conductor and his assistant, pending an investigation into the accident.
On the Banha College hospital, folks lined up on Sunday to donate blood for the crash victims. Households have been additionally there on the lookout for family members who had been on the practice.
“We have been shocked by the practice dashing up,” stated Tarek Gomaa, one of many injured. “We discovered ourselves on prime of one another.”
Sunday’s accident got here three weeks after two passenger trains collided within the province of Sohag, killing not less than 18 folks and injuring 200 others. Prosecutors stated gross negligence by railway workers was behind that crash on March 25, which precipitated public outcry throughout the nation.
Prepare wrecks are frequent in Egypt, the place the railway system has a historical past of badly maintained tools and mismanagement. The federal government says it has begun a broad effort to renovate and modernize the system. President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi stated three years in the past that the federal government wanted about 250 billion Egyptian kilos, or $14.1 billion, to overtake the nation’s rundown trains.
A whole bunch of practice accidents are reported in Egypt yearly. In February 2019 an unmanned locomotive slammed right into a barrier in Cairo’s essential railway station, inflicting an enormous explosion and a fireplace that killed not less than 25 folks. That crash prompted the transportation minister on the time to resign.
In August 2017, two passenger trains collided simply outdoors the Mediterranean port metropolis of Alexandria, killing 43 folks. In 2016, not less than 51 folks have been killed when two commuter trains collided close to Cairo.
Egypt’s deadliest practice crash was in 2002, when greater than 300 folks have been killed after a fireplace broke out in an in a single day practice touring from Cairo to southern Egypt.