3 injured after train-tractor collision in Delta’s Menoufia
A man looks at the wreckage of a school bus which crashed with a train northeast of Cairo March 6, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

CAIRO: Three were injured in a train-tractor collision Monday night in Delta’s Menoufia governorate, Youm7 reported Tuesday.

The crash took place after a tractor crossed at an illegal level crossing, Youm7 quoted Undersecretary of Health Ministry in Menoufia Hana Sorour.

The injured included the train’s conductor, an employee and a security guard; they had simple wounds and were discharged from hospital after receiving treatment, Sorour said.

Train movement on El-Manashy line was halted for a while until the tractor was lifted off the rails.

A prosecution team headed to the crash site to investigate the incident and stand on the reasons behind the collision.

On Feb.2, a truck driver and a passenger were killed after a truck collided with a locomotive at a level crossing in Menoufia.

Some 71 were injured after a train derailment in Upper Egypt on Feb.11; a train driver was detained to be investigated over the accident.

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

A series of crashes related to the railway system took place over the past weeks, attracting condemnation at the Transport Ministry, which recognized the system as outdated and needs billions of Egyptian pounds for restoration.

Some 760 train accidents have occurred in Egypt during the past three years due to “improper structure of the outdated railroad crossings, lack of maintenance and lack of training courses provided to the Egyptian National Railway’s (ENR) employees,” previously stated the Transport Minister Saad el-Geoushy.

Additional reporting by Mohamed Fathy

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