Passenger Train Accident in Egypt Kills 11, Injures 98

A train accident near the Egyptian capital of Cairo killed 11 people and injured 98, the healthy ministry said in a statement on April 18.

According to the Egyptian National Railways, four wagons of a passenger train derailed by the city of Banha in Qalyubia province while it was headed to the Nile Delta city of Mansoura from Cairo.

Videos on social media showed the wagons running off the railway track and passengers escaping to safety.

The health ministry said that most of the injured suffered from broken bones, bruises, and cuts.

The health ministry also said that over 50 ambulances arrived on the scene and brought the injured to nearby hospitals.

The railway authority said the cause of the accident is under investigation.

According to state-owned daily newspaper Al-Ahram, security forces have detained at least 10 railways officials, including the driver and his assistant, as the investigation is ongoing.

Al-Ahram also reported that Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi ordered Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly to establish a committee to disclose the circumstances of the accident.

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