179 total views, 1 views today
AT least 32 people are dead and 108 injured after two passenger trains collided in central Egypt today.
Shocking images show people trapped inside flipped carriages surrounded by twisted metal and debris after one train rammed into the rear of another.
The smash destroyed two carriages and caused a third to flip on its side, officials said.
Dozens of ambulances were transporting people to hospital from the crash site near the Nile-side town of Tahta, 230 miles south of Cairo.
Egypt’s rail authority said “unknown individuals” had triggered the emergency brakes on a train heading north to Alexandria.
It came to a sudden stop and was hit from behind by a second train travelling in the same direction.
“The trains collided while going at not very high speeds, which led to the destruction of two carriages and a third to overturn,” a security source told Reuters.
Pictures published on local media badly damaged carriages off the rails above a channel of water.
Unconscious and bleeding victims could be seen in the wreckage as bystanders carried bodies and laid them out on the ground.
The injured were taken to four hospitals, and a plane carrying medical supplies and specialist doctors was sent from Cairo.
The public prosecutor’s office said it had ordered an investigation.
President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said those responsible would be held accountable and receive a deterrent punishment.
“The pain that tears our hearts today cannot but make us more determined to end this type of disaster”, he wrote on his Facebook page.
Egypt has been plagued by railway accidents, blamed on badly maintained equipment and poor management.
The deadliest in recent memory was in 2002, when 373 people were killed as a fire ripped through a crowded train south of Cairo.
In 2016, at least 51 people were killed when two commuter trains collided near Cairo.
A year later two passenger trains collided just outside the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, killing 43 people.
It was just one of 1,793 railway accidents across the country that year.
And in 2018, six were killed in a derailment south of Aswan, and 12 died when a passenger train collided with a goods train.
President el-Sissi said after that tragedy that the country lacked the £12billion needed to overhaul its run-down rail network.FOLLOW ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA