Egypt Train Crash Claims 11 Lives, 98 Injured

A train crash in Egypt’s Qalioubia province north of Cairo killed 11 people and wounded 98 others on Sunday, according to the health ministry.

The train was traveling from Cairo to Mansoura in the Nile Delta when four carriages derailed at 1:54 p.m. (1154 GMT), about 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of Cairo, according to Egyptian National Railways.

It was also mentioned that the accident’s cause is being investigated.

The wounded were transported to three hospitals in the province by more than 50 ambulances, according to the health ministry.

The derailment is the latest in a string of recent rail accidents in Egypt. In March, two trains collided near Tahta, about 440 kilometers (275 miles) south of Cairo, killing at least 20 people and injuring nearly 200 others.

Two train carriages derailed near Minya al-Qamh city, about 70 kilometers north of Cairo, injuring fifteen people.

Some Egyptians have called on Kamel El-Wazir, Egypt’s transportation minister and a former army general, to resign on social media. He has turned down these offers and pledged to continue working to improve the aging rail network.