For the third time in less than a month, Egypt is witnessing yet another tragedy due to a train crash that left 11 dead and around 98 injured, according to the Egyptian Ministry of Health. Egyptian media reported the resignation of the head of the Railway Authority after the train accident near the town of Toukh in the governorate of Qalyubia (north of Cairo).
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi instructed Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly to form a committee to find the causes of the accident on Sunday. Read also The last of them is the collision of two trains … the phenomenon of catastrophic accidents in facilities and installations in Egypt, what are the causes? On the occasion of the anniversary of the train accident in Upper Egypt, what has the Authority done to prevent the rail haemorrhage? The biggest train accidents, which have seen the highest fatality rate in the world in a decade Train accident in Upper Egypt. The injuries of the railway installation in Egypt
“We will hold all those responsible for the accident to account, and we will not shirk responsibility, and we will work day and night to develop the rail system,” Egyptian Transport Minister Kamel Al-Wazir said during inspection. the site of the accident.
Egyptian media reported that the number of train crash victims in Toukh rose to 16 and added, citing knowledgeable sources, that preliminary investigations indicate that the high speed of the train is the cause of the accident in the area being repaired. .
Turkey and Arab countries offered condolences to Egypt for the Toukh train crash. In a statement, the Turkish Foreign Ministry offered its condolences to the “friendly and fraternal people of Egypt, as well as to the relatives of those who lost their lives.”
The Qatari News Agency reported that the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, sent a message of condolence to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, regarding the victims of the passenger train crash in the governorate of Qalyubia, wishing the injured a speedy recovery. .
The Saudi Arabian Foreign Ministry has expressed its deep sorrow over the train crash and the resulting victims, offering condolences to the families of the victims and to the Egyptian leadership, government and people.
During a phone call, Tunisian President Kais Said offered his condolences to his Egyptian counterpart for the victims of the train crash. In a statement, the Jordanian Foreign Ministry said it expressed its special condolences and sincere condolences to the Egyptian government and people for the victims of the crash. Publicity
Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa also sent a message of condolences and sympathy to the Egyptian president, regarding the victims of the train crash, according to what was reported by the country’s official news agency. . Organization of Islamic Cooperation Secretary-General Yusuf bin Ahmed Al-Uthaimin also expressed his sincere condolences and condolences to the families of the victims, the people and the Egyptian government in the Toukh train crash.
Details of the accident
In details of the accident, the Egyptian Railway Authority said in a brief statement that the train was on its way from Cairo to the city of Mansoura in the delta, and derailed yesterday, Sunday at 1:54 p.m. local (11:54 GMT), about 40 km north of Cairo.
Egyptian media reported that the train driver and 8 transport officials were arrested near the crash site, causing trains to stop in the governorates of Lower Egypt.
The official Egyptian governorate of Qalyubia page on Facebook confirmed that 8 cars on the train had derailed, and authorities have not yet clarified the cause of the crash.
A number of social media users posted a video they claimed was a train overturning between Toukh and Banha in Qalyubia Governorate. The same sources said that the train driver and his assistant had not received an official order to slow down the speed in this area, which resulted in the derailment of the cars, the overturning of the train and injuries and injuries.
The accident is the third of its kind in less than a month in Egypt, as two train cars derailed their tracks on April 15 near the town of Minya Qamh, north of Cairo, injuring 15 people. On March 26, the governorate of Sohag (south) also witnessed a collision of two passenger trains, which left 32 dead and 165 injured, according to official statistics.
Egyptians on social media are calling on Transport Minister Kamel al-Wazir to resign. The minister rejected the demands and pledged to continue development work on the obsolete rail network
In May 2018, the Central Agency for Mobilization and Statistics in Egypt (official) announced in a statement that the main cause of train collision accidents is the human element, reaching 78.9%, followed by faults vehicles and road conditions.