Three trains derailed in Giza, leaving 58 injured - Khaled Kamel/ Egypt Today
CAIRO – 13 July 2018: Eighteen people who injured in Friday’s train derailment at Marazeeq Station on Aswa Western Agricultural Road in Giza were discharged from hospitals after receiving treatment, assistant of health minister, Ahmed Mohy, said late Friday.
Mohy added that other 40 injured will remain in different hospital to complete treatment for their injuries, noting that 20-25 people are expected to be cleared tomorrow and head home.
Investigations are underway into the cause of Friday’s accident which saw 58 people taken to hospital.
An air-conditioned train number 986 was coming from Cairo heading to Qena, when three railcars of it flipped over in Marazeeq Station, Giza. Following the accident, head of the Egyptian National Railways Authority Sayed Salem ordered lifting tools, cranes and maintenance teams to the scene.
Meanwhile, the ministry of health sent 25 ambulances to the accident site, and the injured were taken to different hospitals, including Haram Hospital, Hawamdeya Hospital and Badrashin Hospital.
According to the initial investigations, sources revealed to Egypt Today on condition of anonymity as they are not authorized to brief the media that the majority of the injured people suffered from fractures and bruises due to commuters’ stampede caused by the train derailment. He added that the injured people would leave hospital soon.
The train’s driver was kept in custody pending investigations. Minister of Transportation Hisham Arafat ordered the formation of a committee to probe the incident and reveal its causes.
CAIRO - 13 July 2018: The driver of the train that derailed near Giza on Friday, leaving 55 injured, was kept in custody as official investigations were launched into the accident. The Minister of Transportation Hisham Arafat ordered the formation of a committee to probe the incident and reveal its causes.
In March, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi said that the upgrading of Egypt’s railways require huge funds, ranging from LE 200 billion ($11 billion) to LE 250 billion ($14 billion).
During the inauguration of the first phase of the New Alamein City, Sisi added that there is not enough money for the rehabilitation of rail lines, adding that he will raise money from passenger rail networks to be able to develop network lines.
CAIRO - 2 March 2018: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi said on Thursday that Egypt's rail lines require funds from LE 200 billion ($11 billion) to LE 250 billion ($14 billion) to upgrade them.
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