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32 dead, 66 injured in Egypt’s train collision 


At least 32 are dead and 66 people injured when two trains collided north of the Egyptian city of Sohag on Friday, Nile TV reported.

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

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

“The trains collided while going at not very high speeds, which led to the destruction of two carriages and a third to overturn,” a security source said.

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

Official figures show that 1,793 train accidents took place in 2017 across the country.

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

In the same year, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said the government lacks about 250 billion Egyptian pounds, or $14.1 billion, to overhaul the run-down rail system. El-Sisi spoke a day after a passenger train collided with a cargo train, killing at least 12 people, including a child.

A year earlier, two passenger trains collided just outside the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, killing 43 people. In 2016, at least 51 people were killed when two commuter trains collided near Cairo.

Egypt’s deadliest train crash took place in 2002 when over 300 people were killed when fire erupted in a speeding train travelling from Cairo to southern Egypt.

Reuters/News Agencies