No less than 11 folks have been killed and 10 railway officers arrested after a passenger prepare derailed north of Cairo, in keeping with Egyptian authorities.
Near 100 folks have been injured within the incident on Sunday after 4 prepare wagons ran off the rails within the metropolis of Banha, simply outdoors Cairo.
The Egyptian Well being Ministry mentioned in an announcement that moreover the useless, at the very least 98 folks have been injured, with most of them affected by damaged bones, cuts and bruises.
Some 58 have been despatched to the scene and the injured have been taken to Banha College Hospital.
Photos and movies posted on social media confirmed wagons overturned and passengers escaping to security alongside the railway. Salvage groups might be seen trying to find survivors and eradicating the derailed wagons.
It isn’t but clear what triggered the prepare to derail, however the Egyptian state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper reported that at the very least 10 railway officers, together with the prepare driver and his assistant, had been arrested pending an investigation into the crash.
At Banha College hospital, folks lined as much as donate blood for the crash victims on Sunday afternoon. Households have been additionally current searching for family members who had been on the prepare.
“We have been shocked by the pressure rushing up,” mentioned Tarek Gomaa, one of many injured. “We discovered ourselves on prime of one another.”
Newest in a litany of prepare crashes in Egypt
The incident on Sunday got here three weeks after two passenger trains collided within the Egyptian province of Sohag on March 25, killing at the very least 18 folks and injuring 200 others, together with youngsters.
Prosecutors discovered that “gross negligence” by railway staff was behind the March 25 crash.
The Egyptian railway system has an extended historical past of issues of safety and mismanagement, with near 1,700 prepare accidents recorded by the official statistics company in 2017 alone.
President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi mentioned in March 2018 that the federal government would wish about 250 billion Egyptian kilos, or $14.1 billion, to overtake the run-down rail system.
In February 2019 an unmanned locomotive slammed right into a barrier inside Cairo’s foremost railway station, inflicting an enormous explosion and a fireplace that killed at the very least 25 folks. That crash prompted the then-transportation minister to resign.
In August 2017, two passenger trains collided simply outdoors the Mediterranean port metropolis of Alexandria, killing 43 folks. In 2016, at the very least 51 folks have been killed when two commuter trains collided close to Cairo.
Egypt’s deadliest prepare crash was in 2002, when over 300 folks have been killed after a fireplace broke out in an in a single day prepare touring from Cairo to southern Egypt.