Passenger train derails in Egypt, 100 injured | world news

A passenger train derailed north of Cairo on Sunday, injuring around 100 people, Egyptian authorities said. It is the latest of several rail accidents to hit the country in recent years.

At least eight wagons left the railway in the town of Banha, in Qalyubia province, just north of Cairo, the province’s governor’s office said in a statement. Videos on social media reportedly showed overturned carriages and passengers escaping safely along the train tracks.

The train was traveling to the Nile Delta city of Mansoura from the Egyptian capital, the statement said. The Health Ministry said at least 97 people were injured. It is not immediately clear what derailed the train.

Last week, at least 15 people were injured when train carriages derailed in Sharqia province in the Nile Delta.

Sunday’s train crash came three weeks after two passenger trains collided in Sohag province, killing at least 18 people and injuring 200 others, including children.

Prosecutors said they found gross negligence by railroad workers was behind the fatal March 25 crash, which sparked a nationwide outcry.

Train wrecks and accidents are common in Egypt, where the railway system has a history of poorly maintained equipment and mismanagement.

Hundreds of train accidents are reported each year. In February 2019, an unmanned locomotive slammed into a barrier inside Cairo’s main Ramses railway station, causing a huge explosion and fire that killed at least 25 people. This accident prompted the then Minister of Transport to resign.

Egypt’s deadliest train crash took place in 2002, when more than 300 people were killed after a fire broke out on an overnight train traveling from Cairo to southern Egypt.

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Jose P. Rogers