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

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Two trains collided Friday in southern Egypt on Friday, inflicting three passenger automobiles to flip over killing 32 individuals and leaving 66 injured, well being authorities mentioned.

Dozens of ambulance autos have been rushed to the scene of the crash which befell in the southern province of Sohag, mentioned an announcement by Egypts heath ministry.

Local media displayed movies from the scene exhibiting flipped wagons with passengers trapped inside and surrounded by rubble. Some victims appeared unconscious whereas others might be seen bleeding. Bystanders carried our bodies laying them out on the bottom close to the positioning of the accident.

Egypt’s railway system has a historical past of badly maintained gear and poor administration. Official figures present that 1,793 train accidents befell in 2017 throughout the nation.

In 2018, a passenger train derailed close to the southern metropolis of Aswan, injuring at least six individuals and prompting authorities to fireplace the chief of the nation’s railways.

This picture supplied by Youm7 reveals crowds of individuals inside a mangled train carriage on the scene of a train accident in southern Egypt, Friday, March 26, 2021. Two trains collided apparently after somebody activated the emergency brakes, killing a number of individuals and leaving others injured, Egyptian authorities mentioned. (Youm7 through AP)

In the identical 12 months, President Abdel Fattah el Sissi mentioned the federal government lacks about 250 billion Egyptian kilos or 141 billion to overtake the rundown rail system. El Sissi spoke a day after a passenger train collided with a cargo train killing at least 12 individuals, together with a baby.

A 12 months earlier, two passenger trains collided simply outdoors the Mediterranean port metropolis of (*66*) killing 43 individuals. In 2016, at least 51 individuals have been killed when two commuter trains collided close to Cairo.

Egypt’s deadliest train crash befell in 2002, when over 300 individuals have been killed when hearth erupted in dashing train touring from Cairo to southern Egypt.

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