March 29, 2023

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Two dead and 16 injured, the new tragic toll

The Egyptian Ministry of Health announced that two people were killed and 16 others injured in a train accident that occurred on Tuesday (7/7/2023) in the city of Qalyub, north of Cairo. Six of the injured were taken to hospital in “stable” condition.

For its part, the Egyptian National Railways announced, about the accident, that when the train entered Qalyub station, the driver breached the bars that were closed and the train continued on its way, which led to the derailment of the train engine and the first carriage. .

And Attorney General Hamada El-Sawy decided, according to an official announcement, to “form a team to investigate the incident.”

Egypt, which has a population of 100 million, witnessed several bloody clashes and deviations from the track, which sparked public anger over the negligence of the authorities and the obsolescence of the national railway network.

These disasters, which recur frequently, are usually attributed to infrastructure and maintenance problems.

In April 2021, the Minister of Transport sacked the head of the Railways Authority after two train accidents in less than a month in which more than 40 people died.

The deadliest railway tragedy in the country’s history occurred in 2002, when a train caught fire, killing more than 370 people, about 40 kilometers south of Cairo.

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