The train collision accident in Upper Egypt- Youm7/Mahmoud Maqboul
CAIRO – 26 March 2021: A total of 32 people were killed and 84 others were injured in a collision of two trains in the city of Tahta in Sohag, Upper Egypt, on Friday, announced the Egyptian Ministry of Health in a statement.
The accident took place on Friday morning after an air-conditioned train that was bound from Luxor to Alexandria, collided with another passenger train that was bound from Aswan to Cairo, resulted in derailing two passenger carriages.
Egyptian Prime Minister ordered to quickly transport the injured people to hospitals and provide them the medical service, while Health Minister Hala Zayed headed to the site of the collision to follow up the situation.
Meanwhile, Attorney General Hamada El Sawy orders to launch an investigation into the accident.
When Luxor-Alexandria train stopped after unknown people pulled the emergency valve in one of the train carraiges, the Aswan-Cairo train collided with it from the back.
The collision led to the overturning of 2 passenger carriages and a locomotive, according to a statement from the Egyptian Railway.
A technical committee has been formed to follow up on the situation and investigate the accident, the authority said, noting that it is following up on the situation to resume the train traffic as soon as possible.
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