70 hurt after Egyptian passenger train derails


At least 70 people were injured in Egypt yesterday when a passenger train derailed and two of its cars overturned, said the country's Health Ministry. The accident took place in Beni Suef province, south of Cairo, as the train was travelling from the temple city of Luxor to the Egyptian capital. "Fifty-eight people were treated for their injuries and discharged, while the rest are under observation in hospital," the ministry said in a statement. Deadly train and vehicle accidents are common in Egypt, and some have sparked protests against alleged negligence in enforcing safety standards.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 12, 2016, with the headline '70 hurt after Egyptian passenger train derails'. Print Edition | Subscribe