At least two people died and sixteen (16) others injured when a train carrying passengers went off the rail and cause a fatal accident on Tuesday in the north of Cairo.
It was gathered through a statement by the Egyptian Government that “two dead in the train accident at Qalyub, while the injured are in a stable condition.”
The accident happened as the train was traveling through the city of Qalyub on its way to the city of Menouf in the Nile Delta, state prosecutors said. At least 20 ambulances were dispatched to the scene and the injured transferred to nearby hospitals.
Pictures from the scene showed first responders converging on rail cars which still appeared to be right side up, behind a high wall in a built-up area.
Police formed a perimeter to hold back crowds who perched on other walls nearby.
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A crane was later brought in to lift a derailed car which appeared to be partially crumpled.
Egyptian rail accidents have mostly been blamed on poor infrastructure and maintenance.
In April 2021, Transport Minister Kamel el-Wazir fired the rail authority’s head following an uproar in the Arab world’s most populous country over mismanagement of dilapidated train lines.