At least two people were killed and 16 others injured in a train accident in the city of Qalyoub, 23 km north of the Egyptian capital Cairo. Egypt’s health ministry said 10 of the 16 injured were being treated at the Qalyoub specialist hospital and their injuries were not life-threatening, Xinhua news agency reported. Another six people have been discharged after receiving minor injuries.
Meanwhile, Egypt’s National Railways said in a statement that the train passed a “closed semaphore” at Qalyub train station and collided with security personnel at the end of the railway. This resulted in the derailment of the locomotive and the first coach. The Egyptian Ministry of Transport has formed a committee to investigate the incident, the statement said.
accident caused by driver’s fault
Public prosecutors said in a statement that the incident happened when the train was on its way to the town of Manof in the Nile Delta region. Health officials said at least 20 ambulances were dispatched to the spot and the injured were admitted to nearby hospitals. Meanwhile, Egyptian Railways said the accident was caused by driver error.