Five dead after train hits car on railway crossing in Nile Delta

Ahram Online, Monday 18 Aug 2014

Most rail accidents in Egypt occur at railway crossings

Rescue workers
File Photo: Rescue workers try to pull bodies from under debris early on Monday,Giza, Egypt, 18 November, 2013 (Photo: Ahram Arabic news website)

Five Egyptians died and two others were injured on Monday when a train hit a car on a railway crossing in Beheira governorate, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.

The train was coming from the Maamoura district of Alexandria on the way to Rashid district in Beheira.

According to a recent report made by the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS), the number of fatalities from train accidents reached 781 in 2013, almost 74 percent more than in 2012, which saw 447 train-related deaths.

According to the report, deficiencies in railway crossings were the main cause of accidents, responsible for over 55 percent of recordings incidents.

The report also highlighted that around 18 people die every day in road accidents in Egypt, according to last year's figures.

A total of 50,051 traffic accidents (including all forms of transportation) took place in 2013, 0.04 percent higher than in 2012, according to the report.

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