Egyptian train ended after emergency braking in fatal crash, authorities say

Egyptian train ended after emergency braking, authorities say

Two trains crashed in southern Egypt on Friday, the latest in a series of fatal crashes on the country’s ailing railways.
Egyptian authorities reported on Saturday that at least 19 people were killed in the crash and 185 injured, revising the original death and injury tally proposed on the day of the crash.

Someone apparently applied the emergency brakes on the passenger train and it was put in the back by another train, causing two cars to derail and tip over to the side, Egyptian rail authorities said . The passenger train was heading for the Mediterranean port of Alexandria, north of Cairo, the statement said.

The video showed twisted piles of metal and dust-covered passengers trapped inside – some bleeding and others unconscious. The spectators removed the dead and deposited them on the ground nearby.

A passenger was heard shouting on the video: “Help us! People are dying! A passenger seemed to be upside down, pressed under the seats and shouting, “Get me out, boy!”

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Dozens of people were killed and many injured after two trains crashed about 365 kilometers south of Cairo, Egypt. A train had stopped on the track when it was struck from behind. 0:47

More than 100 ambulances were dispatched to the scene in Sohag province, about 440 kilometers south of Cairo, said Health Minister Hala Zayed, and the injured were taken to four hospitals. The injuries included fractures, cuts and bruises.

Two planes carrying a total of 52 doctors, most of them surgeons, were sent to Sohag, she said at a press conference in the province, accompanied by Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouly.

The rail system has a history of mismanagement

President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi said he was monitoring the situation and that those responsible would receive “dissuasive punishment”.

“The pain that tears our hearts today can only make us more determined to end this type of disaster,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

Egypt’s rail system has a history of poorly maintained equipment and mismanagement, and official figures indicate that there were 1,793 train accidents in 2017.

In 2018, a passenger train derailed near the southern city of Aswan, injuring at least six people and prompting authorities to fire the country’s railroad chief. That same year, el-Sisi said the government needed about 250 billion Egyptian pounds ($ 20 billion) to overhaul the rail system. The remarks came a day after a passenger train collided with a freight train, killing at least 12 people.

Initial reports put the death toll at more than 30, and dozens more were said to have been injured in the collision. (AFP / Getty Images)

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

Egypt’s deadliest train crash occurred in 2002, when more than 300 people were killed after a fire broke out on a train traveling from Cairo to southern Egypt.


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