Egypt trains crash leaves dozens injured

Egypt trains crash at least 70 people were injured on Thursday when a speeding train overturned in the Upper Egyptian city. The accident occurred in Bani Sueif province south of Cairo as the train was headed to the Egypt capital from the temple city of Luxor. The accident happened early in the morning.

“Fifty-eight people were treated for their injuries and discharged while the rest are under observation in hospital,” the ministry said in a statement.

Railroad accidents due to negligence are common in Egypt. Egyptians have long complained that the government has failed to deal with the country’s chronic transport problems.

The train which was coming from Aswan to Cario was derailed and two of its compartments overturned near el-Shennaweya village in Beni Suef security officials said. More than 40 ambulances were rushed to the place of accident. The injured were taken to the hospital they added.

Train brakes failed as it approached a connection rail at 80 kph speed ‘Mohamed Mohsen’ the train’s assistant driver said. An official at the provincial governor office was quoted as saying by Al Ahram┬áthat most of those wounded suffered light injuries including bruises and are set to be discharged from hospitals later in the day.

Deadly train and vehicle accidents are common in Egypt and some have sparked protests against alleged negligence in enforcing safety standards.

In early 2015 last year children were among seven people killed when a train crashed into a school bus on an unauthorised level crossing east of Cairo.

But the deadlist disaster occured in February 2002 when 370 people were killed in a fire which tore through a train south of the capital.