CAIRO: A total of 760 train accidents have occurred in Egypt during the past three years, Transport Minister Saad al Geoushy was quoted by Al Ahram Thursday.
Geoushy’s comment came during his inspection visit to Upper Egypt’s governorate of Beni Suef where a train derailment injured at least 71 passengers Thursday early morning.
The minister attributed the train crashes mainly to the “improper structure of the outdated railroad crossings, lack of maintenance and lack of training courses provided to the Egyptian National Railway’s (ENR) employees.”
Geoushy revealed the minister’s “urgent and sustainable” plan, which focuses on training ENR employees, to raise the efficiency of Egypt’s 165-year-old railway system and curb train accidents accordingly.
“The railway system urgently needs 5 billion EGP ($0.6 billion) to complete lagging transport projects and eliminate road accidents,” Geoushy was quoted by Youm7 Thursday.
The minister called on media outlets “not to jump to conclusions” and wait until investigations into the Beni Suef train crash are over.
Al Ahram quoted official statistics saying that the rail and road accidents claimed more than 2,250 lives in 2015.
Egypt’s worst train accident occurred in Feb. 2002 when a train caught fire and claimed the lives of 363 people.