Two killed, 16 injured as train derails in Qalyoub city in Nile Delta: Health ministry

Ahram Online , Tuesday 7 Mar 2023

Two people were killed and 16 others injured as a train crashed into the platform before derailing at Qalyoub train station in Qalyoubiya governorate in the Nile Delta north of Cairo on Tuesday evening, according to a preliminary toll by the Ministry of Health and population.

A picture posted on social media for the alleged train after the accident.


In a statement, the health ministry said three of the injured received aid at the site of the crash and three others left the Emergency Department of Qalyoub Specialised Hospital.

The ministry added that the rest of the injured who do not have life-threatening injuries are receiving treatment at the same hospital.

The ministry noted that 20 ambulances were dispatched to the scene of the the crash of the train.

The prosecution is investigating the incident.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Social Solidarity Nevine El-Qabbaj announced disbursing an EGP 100,000 in compensation to each of the families of those killed in the crash.

El-Qabbaj added that those who would suffer from permanent disability as a result of the crash will also receive EGP 100,000 each in compensation.

Train semaphore signal not heeded 

In a statement on Tuesday evening,  the Egyptian National Railways (ENR) said that passenger train 557/3027 on the Shubra El-Kheima - Kafr El-Zayat line crashed in the Qalyoub train station at 7:20 pm.

The train failed to heed the semaphore signal and crashed into the buffer stopper at 7:20 pm, which caused the locomotive and the front car to derail, the ENR said.

The injuries took place among passengers who were riding in the cars between the locomotive and the front car, the ENR explained.

Minister of Transport Kamel El-Wazir ordered the immediate formation of a committee to determine the cause of the crash and identify responsible individuals as well as assess the damage.

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