At least 32 people are killed in an Egyptian train accident

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According to the health ministry, at least 32 people were killed and 66 were wounded when two trains crashed in southern Egypt on Friday, the country’s latest deadly rail crash.

According to a statement, hundreds of ambulances raced to the scene in the Tahta district of Sohag province, some 460 kilometers (285 miles) south of Cairo.

According to the announcement, “32 people were killed and 66 were wounded” and taken to the hospital.

Several carriages were derailed, according to video footage obtained by AFP.

In recent years, Egypt has been afflicted by fatal rail crashes, which have been generally blamed on insufficient facilities and poor maintenance.

One of the worst occurred in 2002, when a fire tore through a busy train south of Cairo, killing 373 passengers, and there have been several deadly accidents since then.

 

Last March, at least 13 people were injured when two passenger trains collided in Cairo, causing a brief suspension of rail services across the country.

At the time, rail officials blamed the accident on signal loss due to inclement weather.

In February 2019, a train derailed and caught fire at Cairo’s main railway station, killing over 20 people and causing the transport minister to resign.

The crash on Friday comes as Egypt faces another big transportation problem, with a massive container ship blocking the Suez Canal, creating massive traffic jams at both ends of the vital shipping channel.

Since Tuesday, the MV Ever Given, which is longer than four football fields, has been wedged diagonally across the canal, closing it in both directions.

Tugboats and dredgers were working to free the vessel on Friday when businesses were forced to reroute services from the crucial shipping lane across Africa’s southern tip.

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