Dozens killed as trains collide in southern Egypt

Two trains collided in southern Egypt on Friday, causing three passenger cars to overturn, 32 people to die and 66 to be injured, health officials said.

Dozens of ambulances rushed to the scene in southern Sohag province, according to a statement from the Egyptian Ministry of Health.

Local media showed videos from the scene showing upturned cars with passengers trapped in them and surrounded by debris. Some victims appeared to be passed out while others were bleeding. Spectators carried corpses and placed them on the ground near the construction site.

The Egyptian rail system has a history of poorly maintained equipment and management.

Official figures show that 1,793 train accidents took place across the country in 2017. In 2018, a passenger train derailed near the southern city of Aswan, injuring at least six people and urging authorities to fire the country’s chief railways.

That same year, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said the government was missing about 250 billion Egyptian pounds, or $ 14.1 billion, to overhaul the rundown rail system.

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El-Sissi spoke a day after a passenger train collided with a freight train and at least 12 people, including a child, were killed. A year earlier, two passenger trains collided in front of the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, killing 43 people. In 2016, at least 51 people were killed when two local trains collided near Cairo.

Egypt’s deadliest train crash occurred in 2002 when over 300 people were killed when a fire broke out as the train traveled from Cairo to southern Egypt.

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