More than hundred injured in Egypt train crash

Train derails after crashing into concrete block on tracks south of Cairo, Egypt, over 100 people injured

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Egyptian workers at the scene after a train crash in Beni Suef, south of Cairo, February 11, 2016

Over 100 people were injured in a train crash in the south of Cairo early Thursday morning, according to Al-Ahram state media.

The train, which was heading to Cairo from Aswan, was derailed after crashing into a concrete barrier.

Tens of ambulances rushed to the accident scene and the injured were taken to the hospital. Local news reports said that the injuries were minimal. 

The train collided with a concrete block which led it to derail, lifting the front of one of the carriages several metres into the air.

"In less than a minute the train crashed. We ran outside and found it in the storage area. This is evidence that he was driving at high speed. He was set to arrive at the platform at 1:30am. He should park here. That means if he would have not crashed here he would not have time to park at the platform," said Salah Mahmoud, who was near the scene at the time of the crash.

Egypt's roads and railways have a poor safety record and Egyptians have long complained that governments have failed to enforce basic safeguards.

In early 2015, a crash between a train and a bus carrying school children northeast of Cairo killed at least seven people while 50 people, mostly children, were killed when a train slammed into a school bus as it crossed the tracks at a rail crossing south of Cairo in 2012.

TRTWorld, Reuters