Death toll of Egypt’s train derailment rises to 23

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Photo taken on April 18, 2021 shows the scene of a train derailment in the Delta city of Toukh, Egypt. At least 97 people were wounded in a train derailment on Sunday in the Delta city of Toukh, north of the Egyptian capital Cairo, the Egyptian Health Ministry said. (Xinhua/Ahmed Gomaa)

A total of 23 people have died from the train derailment in a city north to Egypt’s capital city of Cairo, the official Ahram Online news website reported on Tuesday.

The accident happened when four carriages of the train, traveling from Cairo to the Delta city of Mansoura, derailed in the city of Toukh on Sunday.

The top prosecutor of Egypt has ordered the detention of 23 people including the train driver, assistant, a railway maintenance observer at the crash site, and others for further investigation into the accident, according to the report,

Earlier in the day, Egypt’s Minister of Transportation Kamel al-Wazir sacked the chairman of the state-run National Railways Authority (NRA).

Egyptian rail accidents are mostly blamed on poor infrastructure, maintenance, human errors, and negligence.

On March 26, at least 20 people died and nearly 200 were wounded in a two-train crash in southern Egypt.

The deadliest train accident in Egypt took place in 2003, leaving more than 300 dead.

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