19 Apr 2021

Train derails near Cairo: Fatalities, almost 100 injured

1:46 pm on 19 April 2021

Eleven people were killed and 98 injured on Sunday in a train accident in Egypt's Qalioubia province north of Cairo, the health ministry said in a statement.

People gather at the site of a crash where two trains collided killing at least 32 people and leaving 108 injured, in city of Tahta, Egypt.

The latest train crash follows this one last month which claimed 32 lives when two trains collided about 440km south of Cairo. Photo: AFP / Sputnik

The train was heading from Cairo to the Nile Delta city of Mansoura when four carriages derailed, about 40km north of Cairo, Egyptian National Railways said in a short statement.

The cause of the accident is being investigated, it added.

More than 50 ambulances took the injured to three hospitals in the province, the health ministry said.

The derailing is the latest of several recent railway crashes in Egypt. At least 20 people were killed and nearly 200 were injured in March when two trains collided near Tahta, about 440km south of Cairo.

Fifteen people were injured this month when two train carriages derailed near Minya al-Qamh city, about 70km north of Cairo.

Egypt's transportation minister Kamel El-Wazir, a former army general, has faced calls to resign from some Egyptians on social media.

He has rejected these and vowed to keep working on developing the ageing rail network.

- Reuters