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11 Dead in Egypt Train Accident

11 Dead in Egypt Train Accident

Monday, 19 April, 2021 - 05:15
People stand near damaged carriages of a passenger train that was derailed in Toukh, Al Qalyubia Governorate, north of Cairo, Egypt, 18 April 2021.

A train accident north of Cairo on Sunday left 11 people dead and 98 others injured, Egypt's health ministry said.

The ministry, in an updated toll, said that "11 people were killed and 98 others injured in a train accident in Toukh", a small farming town in the fertile Nile Delta about 40 kilometers outside the capital.

Egypt's cabinet said in a statement that four carriages of the train heading from Cairo to Mansoura, a Delta city, came off the tracks.

Dozens of ambulances were dispatched to the site, the health ministry added, and investigators have been sent to determine the accident's cause.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi tasked the military's engineering authority on Sunday with investigating the latest incident, which came on the heels of a deadly train crash last month that left at least 20 people dead.

A security source told AFP the driver and other rail officials had been detained for questioning.

The ministry said 14 people who sustained minor injuries were released from a hospital close to the accident site.

At least 20 people died and 199 were injured last month in a train crash in the country's south, according to the latest official toll, which authorities have revised several times.

The prosecution has alleged that the driver of one train and his assistant had both left the driver's cabin when it crashed into another train.

Transport Minister Kamel el-Wazir blamed the March crash on human error.

"We have a problem with the human element," he told a TV talk show, where he pledged to put in place an automated network by 2024.

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