Egypt train collision kills at least 32 people

Egypt train collision kills at least 32 people

Egypt train collision kills at least 32 people

At least 32 people have been killed and 165 injured in a train crash in central Egypt, officials say. Carriages derailed and overturned when two passenger trains collided near the city of Tahta, Sohag province.

Emergency brakes were activated on the train in front by “unknown individuals”, causing the train behind to crash into it, the country’s railway authority said. More than 70 ambulances were sent to the crash site to take the injured to hospitals.

Local media displayed videos from the scene showing flipped wagons with passengers trapped inside and surrounded by rubble. Some victims seemed unconscious while others could be seen bleeding. Bystanders carried bodies laying them out on the ground near the site of the accident.

Egypt’s aging railway system has witnessed a deadly accident almost every year for the past 20 years. In 2018, Egypt recorded 2,044 train accidents and in 2017, 1,793 accidents were recorded according to data published by the official statistics agency Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics.