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Egyptian Parliament Probes Toukh Train Accident

Egyptian Parliament Probes Toukh Train Accident

Tuesday, 20 April, 2021 - 09:45
People gather at the scene of a rail accident in the town of Toukh north of Cairo on April 18, 2021. (AFP)

A train accident north of Cairo on Sunday left 11 people dead and 98 others injured.

Egyptian parliament’s Transport Committee said Monday that it is expecting a detailed report by the probing commission formed following the accident.

It will also soon receive information from the official authorities on the causes and repercussions of the accident.

“During the passage of train No. 949/3209 heading from Cairo to Mansoura, at 13:54, four cars derailed near Sandanhour station (near Toukh),” the Egyptian Railway Authority said in a statement on Sunday.

The train accident took place in Toukh, a small farming town in the fertile Nile Delta about 40 kilometers outside the capital.

MP Wahid Qarqar, under-secretary of the parliament’s Transport Committee, affirmed on Monday that the Committee is holding extensive meetings and is in regular contact with all concerned authorities to follow up the repercussions of the accident, figure its causes, check on the health of the injured and provide all forms of support for them.

The Committee will determine its position after reviewing all the final details from the official authorities and will hold accountable all the parties responsible, Qarqar noted.

MP Mohammed Abdullah confirmed on Monday that Transport Committee is communicating with the ministries of Health and Higher Education to follow up on the condition of the injured.

He called on the transport minister to form “technical inspection committees for all railway lines throughout the Egyptian governorates to find out if there are any technical problems, identify their defects and ensure their safety and compliance with the approved technical standards.”

Sunday’s accident came on the heels of a deadly train crash in March that left at least 20 people dead and 199 injured.

The crash took place in the country's south, and 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.

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