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Jumat, 26 Maret 2021

Egyptian trains collide, killing dozens, after 'unknown individuals' activate emergency brakes - ABC News

At least 32 people were killed and 108 injured when two trains collided in central Egypt on Friday, health ministry officials has said.

"Unknown individuals" triggered the emergency brakes on one of the trains causing it to stop, the rail authority said.

The second train, which was travelling in the same direction, crashed into the first from behind, causing two cars from the first train to flip over.

Pictures showed train carriages derailed, several of them badly damaged, above a channel of water, as crowds looked on.

The public prosecutor's office said it had ordered an investigation into the crash, which took place close to the Nile-side town of Tahta, about 365 kilometres south of Egypt's capital Cairo.

Egypt Train Wreck
Bystanders carried bodies and laid them out on the ground near the site of the crash.(

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Local media displayed videos from the scene showing flipped cars with passengers trapped inside and surrounded by rubble.

Bystanders carried bodies and laid them out on the ground near the site.

Egypt President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said he was monitoring the situation and that those responsible would be held accountable.

A history of incidents

Egypt's railway system has a history of badly maintained equipment and poor management.

At least 25 people died and dozens were injured in 2019 after preliminary investigations found a locomotive driver forgot to pull the hand brake, resulting in a train smashing through buffers and bursting into flames in Cairo.

Official figures show that 1,793 train accidents took place in 2017 across the country.

In 2018, a passenger train derailed near the southern city of Aswan, injuring at least six people and prompting authorities to fire the chief of the country's railways.

The same year, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said the government lacked about 250 billion Egyptian pounds, or $20.9 billion, to overhaul the run-down rail system.

Mr El-Sissi spoke a day after a passenger train collided with a cargo train, killing at least 12 people, including a child.

A year earlier, two passenger trains collided just outside the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, killing 43 people.

In 2016, at least 51 people were killed when two commuter trains collided near Cairo.

Egypt's deadliest train crash took place in 2002, when over 300 people were killed when fire erupted in a speeding train travelling from Cairo to southern Egypt.

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