Horrific train crash in Egypt leaves 11 dead and 98 injured after derailing

Eleven people have died and nearly 100 people were injured after a train derailed and crashed near Cairo.

Four train wagons were derailed and 97 injured in the Egyptian province of Qalioubia on Sunday, the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

The train drove from Cairo to the city of Mansoura in the Nile Delta and derailed at around 40 a.m. local time at 40 p.m.
Kilometers north of Cairo, Egyptian National Railways said in a brief statement.

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

The footage on social media shows overturned cars and passengers fleeing to safety along the railroad.

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The health ministry said more than 50 ambulances took the injured to three hospitals in the province.

The derailment is the latest of several recent rail accidents in Egypt.

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Last week at least 15 people were injured when train wagons derailed in Sharqia Province in the Nile Delta.

At least 20 people were killed and nearly 200 injured in March when two trains collided near Tahta, about 440 km south of Cairo.

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Fifteen people were injured in early April when two railroad cars derailed near the city of Minya al-Qamh, some 70 km north of Cairo.

Rescue teams could be seen searching for survivors and removing derailed wagons.

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Egyptian Transport Minister Kamel El-Wazir, a former army general, has been urged to resign on social media by some Egyptians.

He refused and vowed to continue working on the development of the aging rail network.

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