Death toll from train collision in Egypt's Beheira climbs to 12

Ahram Online , Thursday 1 Mar 2018

Egyptians check the damage following a train crash in Egypt’s northern Beheira province on Wednesday. At least 12 people were killed and 15 wounded when two trains collided (Photo: AFP)

Egypt's health ministry has said the death toll from a train collision north of Cairo on Tuesday has climbed to 12.

Dozens of others were injured in the crash, which took place when a passenger train collided with a cargo train in the northern governorate of Beheira.

Egypt's prosecutor-general has appointed a seven-member committee to inspect the scene of the crash and investigate the technical functioning of the trains, the network's signaling system, and the equipment.

Egypt's railway system has a poor safety record, with frequent deadly collisions often blamed on lack of maintenance and poor management. 

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi had highlighted the need to upgrade the railway network to prevent deadly accidents, saying last year the system needs EGP 180 billion (approx. $10 billion) to be modernised.

In August, a collision outside Alexandria killed 41 people and injured some 179.

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