Greater than 100 others injured after two trains collided north of Sohag metropolis in southern Egypt, well being ministry says.
Two trains collided on Friday in southern Egypt apparently after somebody activated the emergency brakes, killing at the very least 32 individuals and leaving 108 injured.
The collision precipitated three passenger automobiles to flip over and movies on native media from the scene confirmed wagons with passengers trapped inside and surrounded by particles.
Some victims appeared unconscious whereas others may very well be seen bleeding. Bystanders carried our bodies and laid them out on the bottom close to the positioning.
Egypt’s railway authority stated the trains collided after emergency brakes had been triggered by “unknown people” close to the town of Sohag, about 500km (260 miles) south of the capital Cairo.
The brakes precipitated one of many trains to cease and the opposite to crash into it from behind, and the authority is conducting additional investigations, it stated.
The general public prosecutor’s workplace stated it has additionally ordered an investigation.
“The trains collided whereas going at not very excessive speeds, which led to the destruction of two carriages and a 3rd to overturn,” an unnamed safety supply instructed Reuters information company.
President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi promised to punish these liable for the lethal wreck.
“Anybody who precipitated this painful accident by way of negligence or corruption, or something comparable, should obtain a deterrent punishment with out exception or delay,” el-Sisi stated on Twitter.
El-Sisi instructed Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly to go to the positioning of the crash with the ministers of well being and social solidarity, state tv reported.
Center East analyst Yehia Ghanem stated the punishment for low-level staff, as has occurred up to now, fails to deal with the structural issues with Egypt’s huge and decaying rail system.
“There’s a significant issue on the subject of basic companies to the Egyptian individuals, together with the railways. These sorts of accidents occur typically on a weekly foundation. The accountability falls on the system, on the regime, on the president himself,” Ghanem instructed Al Jazeera.
Run-down rail system
Egypt has one of many oldest and largest rail networks in North Africa and accidents inflicting casualties are frequent.
Official figures present that 1,793 prepare accidents came about in 2017 throughout the nation.
In 2018, el-Sisi stated the federal government lacks about $14.1bn to overtake the run-down rail system.
A yr earlier, two passenger trains collided simply exterior the Mediterranean port metropolis of Alexandria, killing 43 individuals. In 2016, at the very least 51 individuals had been killed when two commuter trains collided close to Cairo.
Egypt’s deadliest prepare crash came about in 2002, when greater than 300 individuals had been killed after a hearth broke out on a dashing prepare travelling from Cairo to southern Egypt.