Cairo, Egypt: 2 dead and 16 injured in a train derailment

Cairo, Egypt: 2 dead and 16 injured in a train derailment

(CNN) At least two people were killed and 16 others injured after a train derailed north of Cairo, on Tuesday, according to the Egyptian Ministry of Health.

The Ministry of Transport said in a statement that the passenger train collided with the platform of a train station in the city of Qalyub.

The accident occurred at 7:20 p.m. local time, according to a statement from the National Railway Authority, after the train failed to respond to a signal signal, eventually hitting an insulating plug causing part of the train to jump onto the tracks.

About 20 ambulances rushed to the scene to help the injured.

The statement added that the Egyptian Minister of Transport, Kamal Al-Wazir, ordered the formation of a committee to find out the reasons for the deviation and “identify those responsible and limit the damage.”

Separately, Egypt’s Ministry of Social Solidarity said in a statement issued on Tuesday that the government will provide 100,000 Egyptian pounds (equivalent to $3,254) to the families of those killed.

A crane is deployed to lift a derailed train at the site of a train accident in Qalyub City, Qalyub Governorate, in the Nile Delta region, north of the capital, on March 7, 2023.
Policemen form a perimeter as people gather at the site of a train accident in the city of Qalyub.

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