“We have been stunned by the pressure rushing up,” mentioned Tarek Gomaa, one of many injured. “We discovered ourselves on prime of one another.”
Sunday’s practice accident got here three weeks after two passenger trains collided within the province of Sohag, killing a minimum of 18 folks and injuring 200 others, together with youngsters.
Prosecutors mentioned they discovered that gross negligence by railway workers was behind the lethal March 25 crash, which induced public outcry throughout the nation.
Prepare wrecks and mishaps are widespread in Egypt, the place the railway system has a historical past of badly maintained gear and mismanagement. The federal government says it has launched a broad renovation and modernisation initiative. President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi mentioned in March 2018 that the federal government wants about 250 billion Egyptian kilos, or $14.1 billion, to overtake the run-down rail system.
Lots of of practice accidents are reported yearly. In February 2019 an unmanned locomotive slammed right into a barrier inside Cairo’s foremost Ramses railway station, inflicting an enormous explosion and a hearth that killed a minimum of 25 folks. That crash prompted the then-transportation minister to resign.
In August 2017, two passenger trains collided simply outdoors the Mediterranean port metropolis of Alexandria, killing 43 folks. In 2016, a minimum of 51 folks have been killed when two commuter trains collided close to Cairo.
Egypt’s deadliest practice crash was in 2002, when over 300 folks have been killed after a hearth broke out in an in a single day practice travelling from Cairo to southern Egypt.