A passenger train derailed north of Cairo, killing at least 2 persons and wounding a further 16, Egyptian police reported. The site received at least 20 ambulance dispatches, and the injured were then sent to surrounding hospitals.
According to state authorities, the derailing occurred as the train passed through the city of Qalyub on its route to the Nile Delta city of Menouf. The injured were described as being in a stable condition in a ministry statement.
The Egypt’s national rail administration stated that the disaster happened when a passenger train entering Qalyub station ignored a stop signal, causing the locomotive and the first carriage to derail. Authorities set up a cordon to control neighboring groups that were gathered on other nearby barriers.
Afterwards, a derailed car that seemed to be half crushed was lifted using a crane that was brought in. The majority of Egyptian rail accidents have been attributed to subpar infrastructure and maintenance.
After a controversy over the improper administration of outdated railway lines, the country’s transport minister sacked the head of the rail authority in April 2021.