The Manila Times

Deaths in Egypt’s mishap rise to 23


A total of 23 people have died from the train derailment in a city north to Egypt’s capital city of Cairo, the official Ahram Online news website reported on Tuesday.

The accident happened when four carriages of the train, traveling from Cairo to the Delta city of Mansoura, derailed in the city of Toukh on Sunday.

Earlier in the day, Egypt’s Minister of Transporta­tion Kamel al-Wazir sacked the chairman of the state-run National Railways Authority.

Egyptian rail accidents are mostly blamed on poor infrastruc­ture, maintenanc­e, human errors and negligence. On March 26, at least 20 people died and nearly 200 were wounded in a two-train crash in southern Egypt.

The deadliest train accident in Egypt took place in 2003, leaving more than 300 dead. Elsewhere, Egypt’s prosecutio­n ordered the detention of a driver and three others for four days pending investigat­ions into the deadly derailment accident of a passenger train.

The accident happened on Sunday after four carriages of the train, on its way from Cairo to the Delta city of Mansoura, derailed in the city of Toukh, leaving 11 people dead and 98 others injured.

The detention order included a maintenanc­e worker, a civil engineer and the driver’s assistant, according to the state-run Ahram Online news website.

Initial investigat­ions showed the accident occurred due to the slipping of wheels of a train carriage off the track, the excessive speed of the train and the high temperatur­e during the day that caused the railway bars to stretch.

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