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16 Killed, 40 Injured in a Train Collision in Egypt’s Baheria Governorate

16 Killed, 40 Injured in a Train Collision in Egypt’s Baheria Governorate

Archival Photo: Egyptians check the wreckage of a train after it derailed near the village of Al-Ayyat in Giza on the southern outskirts of the capital Cairo, on September 7, 2016. Photo Credit: AFP

A train collision in Baheria Governorate leaves 16 dead and 40 injured on Wednesday, according to initial reports by Spokesperson of the Ministry of health Khaled Megahed.

Head of Beheria Security Directorate Alaa Abdel Fattah said that the crash happened due to the breakage of one trail of a train that hit a cargo train

Ambulances have rushed to the place of the accident to help transfer all injured passenger to the nearest hospital, according to Megahed in local media reports.

Train accidents are common in Egypt. According to a previous report by Egyptian Streets, there are over 1000 train accidents that take place in Egypt every year according to the Egyptian Railway Authority (ERA).

In August, another train collision in Alexandria killed 41 people and injured 179 passengers raising serious concerns over railway safety in Egypt.

Egypt’s railway system needs repairs to guarantee safe commutes across Egyptian cities. The Egyptian government has announced in August a comprehensive plan to develop Egypt’s railway system.

The plan entails providing Egypt’s railway system with 1000 new train cars at a cost of EGP 16 billion to upgrade the country’s old railway system.

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