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At least 32 killed, 66 injured in major train crash in southern Egypt

Local media displayed videos from the scene showing flipped wagons with passengers trapped inside and surrounded by rubble. Some victims seemed unconscious while others could be see bleeding.

By: AP |
Updated: March 26, 2021 8:54:17 pm
This image provided by Youm7 shows crowds of people gathered around mangled train carriages at the scene of a train accident in southern Egypt, Friday, March 26, 2021. Two trains collided apparently after someone activated the emergency brakes, killing several people and leaving others injured, Egyptian authorities said. (Youm7 via AP)

Two trains collided Friday in southern Egypt on Friday, causing three passenger cars to flip over killing 32 people and leaving 66 injured, health authorities said.

Dozens of ambulance vehicles were rushed to the scene of the crash which took place in the southern province of Sohag, said a statement by Egypts heath ministry.

Local media displayed videos from the scene showing flipped wagons with passengers trapped inside and surrounded by rubble. Some victims seemed unconscious while others could be seen bleeding. Bystanders carried bodies laying them out on the ground near the site of the accident.

Egypt’s railway system has a history of badly maintained equipment and poor management. Official figures show that 1,793 train accidents took place in 2017 across the country.

In 2018, a passenger train derailed near the southern city of Aswan, injuring at least six people and prompting authorities to fire the chief of the country’s railways.

This image provided by Youm7 shows crowds of people inside a mangled train carriage at the scene of a train accident in southern Egypt, Friday, March 26, 2021. Two trains collided apparently after someone activated the emergency brakes, killing several people and leaving others injured, Egyptian authorities said. (Youm7 via AP)

In the same year, President Abdel Fattah el Sissi said the government lacks about 250 billion Egyptian pounds or 141 billion to overhaul the rundown rail system. El Sissi spoke a day after a passenger train collided with a cargo train killing at least 12 people, including a child.

A year earlier, two passenger trains collided just outside the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria killing 43 people. In 2016, at least 51 people were killed when two commuter trains collided near Cairo.

Egypt’s deadliest train crash took place in 2002, when over 300 people were killed when fire erupted in speeding train traveling from Cairo to southern Egypt.

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