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Passenger train derails near Egypt's Giza, scores injured

13 July 2018 2:53 PM
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Passenger train derails near Egypt's Giza, scores injured

A passenger train derailed Friday on a railway track south of Cairo, wounding at least 55 people, Egyptian officials said.

The accident took place when three of the train's carriages derailed at a station close to Giza, Egypt's railway authority said. It added that lifting tools, cranes and maintenance teams were dispatched to the site.

Ahmed al-Ansari, the ambulance authority head, said as many as 55 people were wounded and taken to hospital for treatment. There were no immediate reports of fatalities.

Egypt's railway system has a poor safety record, mostly blamed on decades of badly maintained equipment and poor management. Figures by Egypt's official statistics agency show that 1 793 train accidents took place in 2017.

In March, President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said the government lacks about $14.1bn, to overhaul the country's run-down railway system.

His remarks came a day after a passenger train collided with a cargo train in Egypt, killing at least 12 people, including a child.

Last August, two passenger trains collided just outside Egypt's Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, killing 43 people, the country's deadliest rail accident in more than a decade.

In 2016, at least 51 people were killed when two commuter trains collided near Cairo.


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