Passenger trains collided in Egypt: 32 people killed
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32 people were killed and at least 66 injured on Friday in a collision of two passenger trains in southern Egypt. This data were provided by the Ministry of Health of the Republic, Tass.ru reports.
The accident took place in Sohag province, south of Cairo. In the collision, three carriages overturned. According to the Ministry of Health, 36 ambulances were sent to the accident scene, which deliver the victims to nearby hospitals.
Due to the accident, the train traffic in the southern direction was completely stopped.
Due to the unsatisfactory condition of the Egyptian railways, deterioration of the rolling stock, obsolete train control systems, as well as the frequent human factor, accidents in railway transport occur almost every week, but in most cases they do without casualties and injuries.
One of the worst accidents happened in Assiut province in 2012, when a passenger train at full speed rammed a school bus with children between the ages of four and 11, who were on their way early in the morning on an excursion. 50 people died in it.
On August 11, 2017, a passenger train heading from Cairo to Alexandria crashed at full speed in the vicinity of the northern capital into a train from Port Said standing on the tracks. As a result, the locomotive and five carriages went off the rails. 43 people were killed, 236 people were injured.