CAIRO: At least eight people were killed and eight others injured Friday after a train collided with a mini bus in Upper Egypt’s Aswan governorate, Youm7 reported.
“Train no.989, en route from Aswan to Cairo, derailed shortly after leaving Aswan railway station and collided with a passenger vehicle on a rail crossing near the city of Daraw,” Khaled Megahed, Health Ministry spokesperson said in a statement.
At least five of the injured are in critical condition, Megahed said, adding that all the eight injured were immediately transferred to Aswan University Hospital.
Aswan governor Magdy Hegazy decided to allocate 5,000 EGP (around $500) for the families of each victim.
Television pictures showed several badly damaged coaches, two of which had been lifted up off the tracks by the rescuers. Railway authorities have ordered an investigation into the crash.
Egypt’s 165-year-old railway system, the oldest in Africa and the Middle East with over 3,300-mile network, transports over 1.5 million passengers every day. However, the system is plagued by outdated technology and does not cope with the international safety standards.
An increase in fatal train accidents have been recently witnessed in the country.
In Feb., At least 71 people were critically injured in a train derailment in Beni Suef, 70 miles south of Cairo while a month earlier, seven people were killed and four injured when a train collided with a mini-truck in Giza’s town of Ayyat.
The World Health Organization (WHO) ranks Egypt as the world’s tenth worst country in road accidents, after India and China.