At Least 11 Dead in Fatal Train Accident in Egypt

People gather around an overturned railcar after a train derailed in the city of Toukh in Egypt’s central Nile Delta province of Qalyubiya, Sunday, April 18.

Eleven people were killed and 98 injured in the train accident Sunday, the health ministry said in a statement.

The train was heading from Cairo to the Nile Delta city of Mansoura when four cars derailed at 1:54 p.m., about 40 kms north of Cairo, Egyptian National Railways said in a short statement.

The cause of the accident is being investigated, it added.

The derailing is the latest of several recent railway crashes in Egypt. At least 20 people were killed and nearly 200 were injured in March when two trains collided near Tahta, about 440 kms south of Cairo.

Egypt’s transportation minister Kamel El-Wazir, a former army general, has faced calls to resign from some Egyptians on social media. He has rejected these and vowed to keep working on developing the aging rail network.