Cairo, Mar 1: At least 11 persons lost their live and 40 persons injured in a train accident in Egypt’s northern Behira governorate on Wednesday. The tragic accident took place when a passenger train collided with a freight train near Kom Hamada station. The injured were taken to the nearest hospital for the treatment. Ministry of Transportation stated that the reason of the accident could not be ascertained. The passenger train was en route to Alexandria while the cargo train was heading to Cairo. Health ministry said the number of casualties are expected to rise. Also Read - Egypt Goes a Step Ahead to Preserve Heritage Amid COVID-19, Opens 20th Century Cairos Baron Palace After Restoration
Egypt’s railway system have been notorious for its deadly accidents owing to decades of badly maintained equipment and poor management. Also Read - Popular Egyptian Belly Dancer Sama el-Masry Jailed For 3 Years Over Sexually Suggestive Videos on TikTok
Deadly accidents have claimed hundreds of lives over the years. According to latest figures by the state’s statistics agency, 1,249 train accidents took place last year, the highest since 2009 when the number reached 1,577. Also Read - Maharashtra: 16 Migrant Workers Run Over by Goods Train in Aurangabad, Indian Railways Issues Statement| Updates
In August, 43 people died in a train collision near the coastal city of Alexandria. In 2016, at least 51 people were killed when two commuter trains collided near Cairo.