At least 32 dead, 66 injured as two trains crash in southern Egypt
Dramatic footage showed people trying to rescue passengers trapped inside the twisted wreckage outside Sohag, some 300 miles south of the capital, Cairo.
Some passengers who had escaped were seen lying on the ground injured.
🚨#BREAKING| Transport Ministry: the 2 trains in Upper Egypt's Sohag collided after unknown passengers pulled the emergency valve of the first train, causing it to stop and get smashed by the other one from behind.#Egypt#Sohag#Africa|#طهطا#سوهاج#مصرpic.twitter.com/FDT2vSBPL3— Egypt Today Magazine (@EgyptTodayMag) March 26, 2021
At least 36 ambulances were sent to the site of the crash and took victims to local hospitals, the health ministry said in a statement.
Three carriages were derailed as one train crashed into the back of another, although the exact cause of the accident has not yet been reported.Also on rt.com 49 killed, dozens injured as trains collide in Alexandria, Egypt (VIDEO, PHOTOS)
The Egyptian prime minister Mostafa Madbouly has chaired a crisis meeting, Al Jazeera reported.
The news outlet also said the Minister of Transport, Lieutenant General Kamel al-Wazir, has ordered that the drivers of both trains be detained.Also on rt.com Harrowing footage shows scene of deadly fire after Egypt train crash (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)
It comes after another crash two years ago at Cairo's Ramses Station killed 24 people and caused an explosion and a fire.
In 2017, Egypt saw some 1,793 train accidents, according to the most recent data.
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