Egypt train crash toll hits 41


Egypt train crash toll hits 41

Cairo - More than a 100 people were also injured in the collision.


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Published: Sat 12 Aug 2017, 6:18 PM

Last updated: Sat 12 Aug 2017, 11:45 PM

The death toll from Egypt’s latest train disaster rose to 41 as cranes worked on Saturday to clear the stricken railway line between Cairo and the Mediterranean city of Alexandria.
Under floodlights, rescue teams had combed wrecked carriages all night for casualties, also using torches on their mobile phones.
The toll from Friday’s accident when two trains collided near Alexandria rose to 41 dead and 179 wounded, the health ministry said on Saturday.
Forty-seven of the wounded have been discharged from hospital while 12 remained in intensive care, it said in a statement.
A stream of ambulances had ferried the injured, stretched out on the ground in a field alongside the railway tracks, to Alexandria hospitals.
Workers used cranes to lift four knotted sheet-metal carriages blocking the normally busy Cairo-Alexandria line.
Transport ministry officials, quoted on state television, have said the crash in farmland on the outskirts of Alexandria was probably caused by a malfunction in one train that brought it to a halt.
The other train then crashed into it. One train had been heading to Alexandria from Cairo and the other from Port Said, east along the coast. President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi has sent his condolences to the victims’ families and ordered a probe to “hold accountable” those responsible for the disaster.
It was the deadliest train accident in the North African country since a train ploughed into a bus carrying schoolchildren in November 2012, killing 47 people.
That accident jolted the government which ordered an investigation and sacked the transport minister and the head of the railway authority.The accident was blamed on a train signal operator who fell asleep on the job.
The probe, however, did not prevent further accidents. Just months later, a train carrying military conscripts derailed, killing 17 people.
Around a year later, a collision between a train and a bus killed 27 people south of the capital.
They had been returning from a wedding when the train ploughed into their bus and a truck at a railway crossing.

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