Egypt train crash kills dozens

Egypt's railway authority said the two trains collided after emergency brakes were triggered by "unknown individuals" near the city of Sohag [File]. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: Egypt’s health ministry said at least thirty-two people have been killed and more than 60 others injured after two trains crash north of the Egyptian city of Sohag on Friday.

The ministry said in a statement that health authorities had dispatched 36 ambulances to the site and casualties were being taken to local hospitals, the ministry said in a statement.

Pictures published on local media showed train carriages derailed above a channel of water.

The country’s railway authority said the two trains collided after emergency brakes were triggered by “unknown individuals” near the Sohag city. Train crash is not uncommon in the country.

The brakes caused one of the trains to stop and the other to crash into it from behind. The statement said that the authority is conducting further investigations, it said.

Egypt has one of the largest and oldest rail networks in North Africa and accidents causing casualties are common in the country.

Official figures show that 1,793 train accidents occurred in 2017 around the country.

A passenger train derailed near the southern city of Aswan in 2018, injuring at least six people and prompting authorities to fire the chief of the country’s railways.

President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi said in the same year that the government lacks about 250 billion Egyptian pounds, or $14.1 billion, to overhaul the run-down rail system.

The Egyptian president spoke a day after a passenger train collided with a cargo train, killing at least 12 people, including a child.

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