The Egyptian Ministry of Health announced that 15 people were injured in a derailment accident in the Sharkia Governorate in the Egyptian Delta, on Wednesday evening, and no deaths were recorded.
The ministry confirmed that six injured people were discharged from the hospital after receiving the necessary medical care.
The accident occurred in the Minya al-Qamh district, in the Sharkia governorate, after a train coming from the capital, Cairo, derailed.
Engineer Ashraf Raslan, head of the railway authority, denied the news that two trains had collided or that there was a broken train on the way.
In press statements, he said that one of the wheels of train 339, “Mansoura – Cairo”, fell from the rail, which led to the stop of the train, pointing out that there were no deaths.
Raslan added that the incident occurred in the area of signal renewals, pointing out that the wheel is being raised and the movement is restored to normal.
Egypt has recently witnessed a number of road and train accidents that have resulted in dozens of deaths and injuries, the latest of which was the collision of a passenger bus with a transport truck on the road to Assiut governorate in southern Egypt, which led to its charring, killing 20 people and injuring others.
On March 26, two trains were killed and injured in a collision in Sohag Governorate, southern Egypt.
In most cases, the causes of train accidents in Egypt are due to human errors, and the Egyptian railway system is outdated with most of its components.
Egypt is home to one of the oldest and largest railway networks in the Middle East.