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Around 70 wounded as train derails south of Cairo

An official said that most of those wounded suffered light injuries and will be discharged from hospitals later today

Ahram Online , Thursday 11 Feb 2016
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People gather at the scene of a train crash in the Egyptian governorate of Beni suef, Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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A Cairo-bound train derailed and overturned in the Egyptian governorate of Beni Suef on Thursday, leaving at least 69 people injured, the health ministry said.

The train, which departed from the southern governorate of Aswan, collided with a cement barrier at a rail intersection early Thursday after the train’s brakes failed to respond.

The impact with the barrier caused the train to go off the rails and partially turn over, a security official told state news agency MENA.

Deputy health minister Gamal El-Gohary said 69 people were wounded in the crash and sent to three local hospitals in the region. He said the relatively slow speed the train was travelling at reduced the magnitude of the crash.

Mohamed Mohsen, the train's assistant driver, said the train’s brakes stopped working as it approached a connection rail at 80kph speed.

Around 40 ambulances were sent to the scene of the accident, Ahram Arabic news website reported. Train services have been halted in both directions as cranes were sent to winch the derailed train.

An official at the provincial governor office told Ahram Arabic that most of those wounded suffered light injuries including bruises and scratches and are set to be discharged from hospitals later in the day.

Egypt's roads and railways are notorious for poor infrastructure and maintenance.

The country's official statistics agency said in December that over 2,800 people were killed in road and train crashes in Egypt in the first half of 2015.

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