At least 15 people killed in Egyptian train crash

At least 15 people were killed and 40 others injured in a train crash in Egypt's northern province of Beheira, the official news agency Mena said, citing a Transport Ministry spokesman. Two passenger carriages separated from one train and collided wi
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At least 15 people were killed and 40 others injured in a train crash in Egypt's northern province of Beheira, the official news agency Mena said, citing a Transport Ministry spokesman. Two passenger carriages separated from one train and collided with a cargo train on Wednesday, the provincial security director told Mena. Prime Minister Sherif Ismail has ordered the Transport Minister to visit the scene and take action as details of the causes of the accident emerge, a Cabinet statement said. Egyptians have long complained that successive governments have failed to enforce basic safety standards for the railways. A string of crashes has further inflamed public anger over the country's antiquated transport network. A collision near the coastal city of Alexandria in August last year killed 42 people and injured more than 100 people.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 02, 2018, with the headline 'At least 15 people killed in Egyptian train crash'. Print Edition | Subscribe