At least 32 dead and 84 injured after trains collide in Egypt

by Jenny Mount · Mar 26th, 2021 2:42 pm

Last Updated Mar 29th, 2021 at 12:14 pm

Two passenger trains collided in central Egypt on Friday leaving at least 32 people dead and 84 injured.

The crash destroyed two carriages and caused a third to flip on its side, trapping people inside surrounded by twisted metal and debris.

According to Egypt's rail authority, "unknown individuals" triggered the emergency brakes on a northbound train. As it came to a sudden stop, it was hit from behind by a second train also traveling north toward Alexandria.

"The trains collided while going at not-very-high speeds, which led to the destruction of two carriages and a third to overturn," said a security source.

Egypt endures many railway accidents that are primarily blamed on badly maintained equipment and poor management.

President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi said the country lacks the billions of dollars needed to overhaul the run-down railways.

The public prosecutor's office has ordered an investigation into the wreck.


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