At least 11 dead and nearly 100 injured in horror train crash

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epa09143834 People gather near the damaged wagons of a derailed passenger train in Toukh, Al Qalyubia governorate, north of Cairo, Egypt on April 18, 2021. According to the Ministry of Health, 97 people were injured when several cars of a passenger train heading for the city of Mansoura derailed.  EPA / KHALED ELFIQI



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The train derailed in the last train crash in Egypt on Sunday (Photo: EPA)

At least 11 people died Sunday in a terrible train crash north of Cairo, according to Egyptian authorities.

Footage shows a scene of devastation and chaos in Qalyubia province following the incident, which is believed to have injured around 100 people.

More than four cars left the tracks in Banha, with videos on social media showing cars overturned and passengers escaping to safety along the tracks.

The health ministry said in a statement that at least 98 other people were injured in the latest security failure on Egyptian railways.

The train derailment, which travels to the city of Mansoura in the Nile Delta from the Egyptian capital, is the latest of many train accidents to hit the country in recent years.

About 60 ambulances were dispatched to the scene and the injured were taken to nearby hospitals, the ministry added.

The cause of the crash was not immediately clear, but prosecutors say they are investigating.

People climb into an overturned car at the scene (Photo: AFP)
Around 100 people were injured in the incident and at least 11 died (Photo: EPA)

It is also not known how fast the train was traveling at the time of the crash, but the footage suggests it was traveling at a certain speed.

Rescue teams could be seen searching for survivors and removing derailed cars earlier Sunday.

Last week, at least 15 people were injured when train cars derailed in Sharqia province in the Nile Delta.

Sunday’s crash came three weeks after two passenger trains collided in Sohag province, killing at least 18 people and injuring 200 others, including children.

Prosecutors said they found gross negligence by railroad workers to be behind the fatal March 25 crash, which sparked public outcry across the country.

Wrecks and train accidents are common in Egypt, where the rail system has a history of poorly maintained equipment and poor management.

epa09143787 People stand near the damaged cars of a derailed passenger train in Toukh, Al Qalyubia Governorate, north of Cairo, Egypt on April 18, 2021. According to the Ministry of Health, 97 people were injured when several cars of a passenger train heading for the city of Mansoura derailed.  EPA / KHALED ELFIQI
The train derailed north of Cairo (Photo: EPA)
epa09143862 People stand near the damaged cars of a derailed passenger train in Toukh, Al Qalyubia governorate, north of Cairo, Egypt on April 18, 2021. According to the Ministry of Health, 97 people were injured when several cars of a passenger train heading for the city of Mansoura derailed.  EPA / KHALED ELFIQI
The cause of the crash is not yet known (Photo: EPA)

Hundreds of train accidents are reported each year.

In February 2019, an unmanned locomotive crashed into a barrier inside Ramses main train station in Cairo, causing a massive explosion and fire that killed at least 25 people.

The incident triggered the resignation of the then Minister of Transport.

In August 2017, two passenger trains collided just outside the large city of Alexandria, killing 43 people.

epa09143789 People stand near the damaged cars of a derailed passenger train in Toukh, Al Qalyubia Governorate, north of Cairo, Egypt on April 18, 2021. According to the Ministry of Health, 97 people were injured when several wagons of a passenger train that was heading for the city of Mansoura derailed.  EPA / KHALED ELFIQI
Cranes were used to move overturned carts (Photo: EPA)
People watch a telescopic railroad crane lift an overturned passenger car at the scene of a train crash in the city of Toukh, in Egypt's central Nile Delta province of Qalyubiya on April 18, 2021. - The train crash in Egypt left 97 injured on April 18.  after it derailed from its tracks on its way north from the capital Cairo, the health ministry said, during the latest rail disaster.  Eight cars derailed tracks as the train headed for Mansoura, about 130 kilometers north of Cairo.  (Photo by Ayman AREF / AFP) (Photo by AYMAN AREF / AFP via Getty Images)
Egyptian railways have a very poor safety record (Photo: AFP)

This follows a similar incident the year before, when at least 51 people were killed after 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 an overnight train traveling from Cairo to southern Egypt.

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said in March 2018 that the government needed around 250 billion Egyptian pounds, or $ 14.1 billion, to overhaul the dilapidated rail system.

The government says it has launched a major renovation and modernization campaign to improve rail safety.

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