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At least 11 dead and 98 injured in Egyptian train derailment

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Four carriages of the Egyptian passenger train in the accident derailed. After the incident, many people climbed onto the overturned carriages. (AFP)

Egyptian railway accidents frequently occur due to old railway infrastructure and poor management.

A passenger train derailment in Egypt has caused at least 11 deaths and 98 injuries.

Reuters reported that the accident occurred at 1:54 pm local time on Sunday (18th). A passenger train departed from Cairo, the capital of Egypt, to the northern city of Mansoura. Four carriages derailed suddenly in He City.

After the incident, Egyptian President Sisi instructed four departments to form a joint investigation committee. The Egyptian prosecutors said it has launched an investigation into the train driver, driver’s assistant, and eight officials.

The Egyptian Ministry of Health sent 60 ambulances to the rescue, and the injured were taken to the hospital for treatment.

According to Xinhua News Agency, Egyptian railway accidents frequently occur due to old railway infrastructure and poor management.

On March 26, two passenger trains collided in the Sohag Governorate in southern Egypt, resulting in at least 19 deaths and 200 injuries. Egyptian prosecutors subsequently stated that the accident was caused by human negligence.

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