Update: 23 killed in 2 accidents on misty Sunday
Collision between a train and a school bus in Cairo-Ismailia desert road in March 2015 - YOUM7

CAIRO: ِAt least 23 people were killed and dozens injured in two Sunday accidents, Youm7 reported.

On Sunday morning, 16 people were killed and 21 were injured after some 25 vehicles collided on Kuraimat-Beni Suef road in Upper Egypt due to the morning mist, according to the Health Ministry.

At least five bodies extracted from the wreck were charred, and the road was closed in both directions, leading to a seven-kilometer line of cars, Youm7 reported.

Also on Sunday, seven were killed and four injured when a train collided with a mini-truck in Giza’s town of Ayyat Sunday, Giza Security Director Ahmed Hegazy told Youm7.

The level crossing of Belida village was open while the train was crossing, according to investigation reported by Youm7. Meanwhile, the mini-truck driver failed to see the train because of heavy fog, according to Youm7.

The officer of the level crossing has been arrested over dereliction of duty, Youm7 reported. However, an official source at the Egyptian National Railways (ENR) told Youm7 that crossing was out of service at the time of the accident.

The source also said the train driver did not reduce the speed as he was supposed to when he approached the crossing.

Train movement on the Upper Egypt line has been halted in both ways, the source said.

Prime Minister Sherif Ismail ordered a drug test for the mini-truck driver, who has died in the accident, and 10,000 EGP ($1,270,) in subsidies for the family of each victim, who were all workers on the mini-truck.

On Saturday, three people were injured after a train hit the front of a car with bad brakes at a level crossing in Minya, Upper Egypt.

In March 2015, a train collided with a school bus in Cairo-Ismailia desert road, leaving seven deaths, including children.

A number of similar accidents have occurred in recent years due to vehicles attempting to cross the railway from illegal crossings, or because of level crossings not functioning properly.

Additional reporting by Reda Hebishy, Wael Mohamed and Khaled Kamel

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