Disasters & Accidents

100 Injured in new railway accident in Egypt

Cairo, Apr 18 (EFE).- Nearly 100 people were injured on Sunday in yet another railway accident in Egypt, less than a month after an earlier deadly train crash.

A total of 97 people were injured and no fatalities reported thus far in the accident that took place in the northern Egyptian province of Qalyubiyya located in the Nile Delta region, the health ministry said.

Several carriages of a train that made the journey between the capital, Cairo, and the city of Mansura derailed, interrupting traffic in both directions, local media reported.

In late March, two trains collided in the southern province of Sohag, leaving at least 19 dead and 180 injured.

Human error and the poor state of the railway network are behind most of the accidents.

After March’s accident, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi promised “dissuasive punishment” to be applied to those responsible, either for “negligence or corruption, without exception or delay.”

Thus far, six railway workers have been arrested, including the two train drivers involved.

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