FILE: Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria
CAIRO – 27 February 2019: The Egyptian Orthodox Church, led by Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria, expressed on Wednesday sincere condolences for victims of the Cairo’s Ramsis Train Station.
At least 20 people were announced dead and 40 others injured as a train locomotive derailed and crashed into a buffer stop at platform no. 6 at the station.
“We pray for families of the victims that may god bless their souls and grant full recovery to the injured,” an official statement from the church said.
The Cabinet announced LE80 thousand for each family of the victims who were killed due to the blaze, and LE25 thousand for each of the injured.
“May god save Egyptians from any evil or harm and grant our precious nation peace, tranquility and stability,” the statement added.
Railway authorities announced that a railcar rammed into a buffer stop inside the station causing an explosion of the fuel tank and triggering a huge blaze.
Heavy black smoke was seen billowing from the building in central Cairo.
Immediately, security forces complelty halted all movement and closed off the site with ambulances and firefighters nearby.
The fire engines managed to control the fire, and ambulances arrived to transport the wounded to the Red Cross hospital in Ramsis.
Minister of Transport Hisham Barakat visited the scene and announced that a technical committee had been set up to determine the cause of the incident.
Moreover, General Prosecutor Nabil Sadek ordered an urgent and expanded investigation into the reasons behind the incident.
In order to identify the burnt corpses, DNA samples were ordered to be extracted