A kindThree weeks after the deadly train collision in Egypt, at least 11 people were killed and nearly 100 injured in the train derailment north of Cairo on Sunday.
According to a government statement, four trucks on the train derailed from Cairo to Mansoura, 130 kilometers north, in the agricultural city of Toukh. The cause of the accident is unclear.
According to the latest report from the Ministry of Health, “11 people were killed and 98 injured in the train accident in Toukh in the Nile Delta”. Fourteen people with minor injuries were discharged from the hospital.
According to the Ministry of Health, dozens of ambulances were dispatched to the scene of the accident. Investigators were sent there to try to determine the cause.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has instructed military engineers to investigate this new tragedy.
According to security sources, the train driver and other train officials were detained for questioning.
Due to anarchic traffic, dilapidated vehicles or poorly maintained and poorly regulated roads and railways, Egypt often suffers from serious road and railway accidents.
Railway accidents are usually attributed to infrastructure and maintenance issues.
On March 26, two passenger trains collided in the village of al-Samaa Gharb near Sohag, 460 kilometers south of Cairo. At least 20 people were killed and nearly 200 were injured.
At least eight people, including the driver and his assistants, were arrested. The Attorney General’s Office said in early April that the train driver and his assistant did not hold their positions during the accident, and the two argued.
After this tragedy, the Egyptian Minister of Transport Kamel el-Wazir announced that “human factors” are usually the root cause of railway disasters and promised to establish an automated network by 2024.
Mr. Sisi promised to impose sanctions on those responsible for the railway tragedy.
In early April, the African Development Bank (AfDB) announced a loan of 145 million euros to Egypt to “provide funds to improve the reliability and performance of the country’s railway system as part of the country’s railway modernization” project.
She said: “The funds will be used to strengthen operational safety and improve the capacity of the national railway network.” These improvements are mainly aimed at “40% of Egypt’s low-income population, who rely on trains as an affordable means of transportation.”
The deadliest railway tragedy in the country’s history occurred in 2002, when a train fire burned more than 370 people 40 kilometers south of Cairo.