Eleven dead and 98 injured in a train crash in Egypt

Eleven people were killed and 98 others injured in a train crash 40km north of the Egyptian capital Cairo on Sunday, the health ministry said Sunday night.

The train departs from Cairo for the city of Mansura which lies on the banks of the Nile. The four wagons derailed at 13.54 local time, the Egyptian National Railways said. The cause of the accident is being investigated.

More than 50 ambulances took the victims to three provincial hospitals, the health ministry said.

This is the latest in a series of recent train crashes in Egypt.

Due to the poor condition of the Egyptian railway infrastructure, the obsolescence and decades of non-renewal of trains and control systems, and often due to the human factor, there are almost weekly incidents of rail traffic in the country, but fortunately, most are without casualties.

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