11 killed, 98 injured as train derails in Egypt
Published: 09:54 AM, 19 April 2021 Updated: 01:52 PM, 19 April 2021
People gathered at the site of the train accident in Qalioubia province, north of Cairo; Photo: Collected.
At least 11 people have been killed and 98 injured after a train derailed near the city of Touk, north of Cairo in Egypt on Sunday, confirmed the country’s Ministry of Health.
According to Egypt’s Ministry of Health, more than 50 ambulances were dispatched to rescue the injured and rushed them to three local hospitals.
“The cause of the crash is being investigated,” Egypt’s Railway Authority said in a statement, informing that the train was heading from Cairo to the Nile Delta town of Mansoura. “Four bogies of the train derailed near Sandanhour station (near Toukh) around 2:00 pm local time.”
“Most of the injuries were minor or moderate, with only a few critical cases,” Khaled Megahed, a health ministry spokesman, told a local TV station.
This is the third major train accident to occur in Egypt in less than a month. Earlier in March, 32 people were killed and at least 165 injured when two trains collided near the city of Tahta.
Besides, two bogies of a train derailed in the town of Minya Al-Qamh, about 60 kilometers from Cairo, injuring at least 15 from the incident.