Railway authority announces resuming train service after collision

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Fri, 13 Mar 2020 - 11:39 GMT

File- Ramsis Railway Station- Egypt Today/Moahmed Henawy

File- Ramsis Railway Station- Egypt Today/Moahmed Henawy

CAIRO - 13 March 2020: The Egyptian Railway Authority announced Thursday the resumption of the train service on all lines after ending a comprehensive check on all signaling systems.

Earlier in the day the authority said it was suspending the train service for safety reasons on the back of a spell of adverse weather hitting the country.

The announcement comes shortly after two-rain collision between Imbaba and Ramsis railways stations, of which 13 passenger were injured and no deaths recorded.

Seventeen ambulance were sent to the crash location according to health Minster spokesperson Khaled Megahed, as all wounded were hospitalized and most injuries were diagnosed as simple bruises.

One of the trains apparently collided into the other by accident due to the unstable weather and heavy rains.

Egypt's Minster of Transportation Kamel al-Wzeir headed to the crash location and ordered investigating the accident to detriment the real reasons behind the collision, according to official statement.

It was added that the collision took place meters away of Ramsis station, which is also known as Misr Station (main railway station of Cairo).

Egypt has been hit with bad weather with extremely heavy rains and accompanied by sandy winds, thunder and low temperatures nationwide. This unstable wave of weather would last until Saturday.

The state of emergency was declared on Thursday, which was also declared a paid holiday to avoid traffic in the streets.

The government urged people to stay home and not to park near trees or in a low area, as the rain may amount to 60-70 millimeters, which exceeds the infrastructure's capacity in most cities.


Additional reporting by MENA

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