Egypt: Train crash near Dahshur leaves at least 24 dead, 28 injured – 181113 0850z

A cargo train has slammed into vehicles crossing the tracks in Egypt, killing at least 24 people, many from the same family returning from a wedding party, state TV said.

Medical emergency officials told Nile News TV that 28 people were injured and the number of dead could rise, although all victims have been cleared from the scene.

The head of the Giza security sector, Kamal el-Dali, told the TV station that most of the dead and injured were family members on a bus returning from a wedding in Cairo. The family had been heading to the southern city of Fayyoum. He said the train, which carried construction materials, also hit a small truck coming from the opposite direction. Mr el-Dali said rescue teams remain at the scene.

A security official said the train was travelling from the southern city of Beni Suef when it hit at least three vehicles near the village of Dahshur, about 25 miles south of Cairo.

The head of Egypt’s railway, Hussein Zakaria, told the TV station that initial reports indicated the crossing gates of the tracks had been closed and the train’s driver was surprised to see vehicles still crossing.
Monday, 18 November, 2013 at 06:36 (06:36 AM) UTC RSOE

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Egypt train and bus crash kills 24 outside Cairo

BBC

(Video credit: Amez Videonews) Officials say the train was travelling from the city of Beni Suef when the collision took place at a crossing

At least 24 people have been killed and 28 injured as a train crashed into a minibus and other vehicles south of Egypt’s capital Cairo, officials say.

The freight train, travelling from the city of Beni Suef, hit the vehicles at a crossing about 40km (25 miles) from Cairo, they say.

State TV says many of those killed on the bus were members of the extended family returning from a wedding.

Egypt’s roads and railways have a notoriously poor safety record.

Crossing gates ‘closed’

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Monday’s collision happened near the village of Dahshur, with reports saying the minibus and two other vehicles were involved.

Local security officials told Egypt’s media that the crossing gates of the tracks had been closed and the train’s driver was surprised to see vehicles still crossing.

“The crossing was closed with chains, there were warning lights,” Hussein Zakaria, the head of Egypt’s railway authority, told state TV.

Ambulances later arrived at the scene to take the injured to hospitals. There are fears that the death toll could rise further.

In January, a train carrying army recruits derailed near Cairo, killing 19 people and injuring more than 100.

Last November, 50 children died when a train hit their school bus near Manfalut, some 350km south of Cairo, after a signal operator fell asleep. That disaster forced the resignation of the transport minister.

Egypt’s worst train disaster was in 2002, when a train caught fire in Cairo, killing 373 people.

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