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Egypt: Dozens of people are injured after a derailment near Cairo | Middle East News


At least 97 people were injured after eight carriages derailed in the city of Qalyubia, north of Cairo.

Ninety-seven people were injured when some carriages derailed in Egypt’s Qalyubia province north of Cairo, the Health Ministry said in a statement.

More than 50 ambulances rushed to the scene and moved the injured to three hospitals in the province, it said on Sunday. Several local media reported that several people were killed in the accident.

The provincial governor’s office said in a statement at least eight train cars had run off the railways. Videos on social media showed carriages capsized and passengers safely exiting along the railways.

According to the Cairo statement, the train went to the city of Mansoura in the Nile Delta from the Egyptian capital. The cause of the crash is still not clear.

Egypt has seen a number of railway tragedies in recent years.

At least 20 people were killed and nearly 200 injured in March when two ships collided near Tahta, about 440km (275 miles) south of Cairo.

Earlier this week, 15 people were injured after another train derailed in the northern province of Minya al-Qamh.

In February 2019, an unmanned locomotive crashed into a fence inside Cairo’s main Ramses train station, causing a massive explosion and fire that left at least 25 people dead. That accident caused the then transportation minister to resign.

The deadliest train crash in Egypt was in 2002, when more than 300 people were killed after a fire broke out in a night train from Cairo to southern Egypt.

More to follow.



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