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Final death toll of Beheira train collision reaches 12 dead, 39 injured - ministry

Wednesday 28/February/2018 - 07:49 PM
Hassanein Tayea
The Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population announced the final death toll in a collision between a freight and passenger trains in Beheira has risen to 12، with 39 people injured

Minister of Transport Hisham Arafat and chairman of the Railway Authority Sayyed Salem headed to the scene of the incident accompanied by other Authority officials.

He added that 30 ambulances were deployed to the scene to transfer the injured to hospitals.

The Transport Minister ordered that a technical committee would be formed to investigate the incident.

A passenger train collided with a cargo train in Beheira on Wednesday afternoon. The Railway Authority explained in a statement the cause of the accident، saying part of the passenger train’s wheel fell off from the third wagon and hit the cargo train.

According to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS)، the past 12 years have seen an average of 1،041 train accidents on an annual basis. A total of 13،539 train accidents occurred between 2004 and 2016، reports CAPMAS، citing numbers released by the National Railway Authority of Egypt.

In the past 12 years، there have been more than 1،000 accidents on an annual basis every year apart for four years: 2004 (975)، 2011 (489)، 2012 (447)، and 2013 (781).

In 2016، 1،249 train accidents occurred، an increase of 19 accidents from 2015. Egypt recorded its highest number of train accidents in 2009، with 1،577 accidents occurring that year.

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