A passenger prepare derailed Sunday north of Cairo, killing a minimum of 11 individuals and injuring scores extra, the Egyptian authorities stated. It was the newest of a number of lethal rail accidents to hit the nation in recent times.
At the least 60 ambulances rushed to search out survivors and assist those that have been damage when 4 prepare vehicles ran off the rails simply outdoors Cairo, the railway authority stated. At the least 98 individuals have been injured, principally with damaged bones, cuts and bruises, the Well being Ministry stated in an announcement.
Movies on social media confirmed prepare vehicles overturned on the metropolis of Banha in Qalyubia Province and passengers escaping alongside the tracks. The prepare was sure for the Nile Delta metropolis of Mansura from Cairo, the capital, the rail authority stated in an announcement.
Salvage groups could possibly be seen looking for survivors and eradicating the derailed prepare vehicles. 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 a minimum of 10 railway officers, together with the prepare conductor and his assistant, pending an investigation into the accident.
On the Banha College hospital, individuals 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 prepare.
“We have been shocked by the prepare 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 at least 18 people and injuring 200 others. Prosecutors stated gross negligence by railway staff was behind that crash on March 25, which precipitated public outcry throughout the nation.
Prepare wrecks are widespread 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 prepare accidents are reported in Egypt yearly. In February 2019 an unmanned locomotive slammed into a barrier in Cairo’s essential railway station, inflicting an enormous explosion and a hearth that killed a minimum of 25 individuals. 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 individuals. In 2016, a minimum of 51 individuals have been killed when two commuter trains collided close to Cairo.
Egypt’s deadliest prepare crash was in 2002, when greater than 300 individuals have been killed after a hearth broke out in an in a single day prepare touring from Cairo to southern Egypt.