Train collides with truck near Marsa Matrouh

Ahram Online , Tuesday 9 Nov 2021

A passenger train collided with a loader on Tuesday morning near Marsa Matrouh, with no confirmed casualties among the train passengers reported so far, a statement by the Egyptian National Railways Authority said.

According to the statement, the collision occurred at 8:35am local time when the train hit a loader whose driver was passing from an area not designated for crossing, leading to the derailment of the train’s carriages and tractor.

The statement said no injuries were reported among the train’s passengers, however, the loader’s driver “may have died.”

No statement by the health ministry has been issued so far regarding the casualties.

Egypt’s railway system has had a poor safety record for decades, with deadly collisions and accidents that are often blamed on poor maintenance and management becoming a frequent occurrence.

The government has been implementing ambitious multi-billion-pound projects to replace hundreds of old train carriages and modernise an obsolete signalling system.

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