The Egyptian Ministry of Health said that 40 people were injured when two trains collided in Alexandria, northern Egypt, on Tuesday morning. The Egyptian authorities had recently appointed a new head of the Railway Authority due to several train accidents in the country.
In an official statement, the Ministry of Health said that the accident’s injuries were all minor, and the victims were brought to local hospitals for treatment.
The Egyptian Railways announced, on Tuesday morning, that a train tractor descended from its way, at Alexandria Station, collided from behind with the last carriage of another train.
The train services were not disrupted, but the two train drivers, their aides, and station staff had been suspended and referred to the Public Prosecution.
The Egyptian authorities announced the nomination of a new chairman of the Railway Authority on 19 April, as part of a series of changes that included senior officials as the authority.
Due to several train accidents that Egypt witnessed during the preceding weeks, they are as the following:
- Toukh train accident: dead and dozens injured in the third train accident in Egypt within a month
- A train derailed in Minya al-Qamh, wounding 15 people.
- Assiut-Red Sea road collision: At least 20 people were killed in a traffic accident in Assiut Governorate, southern Egypt
- Sohag train: At least 32 dead and more than 100 injured in two trains colliding in Upper Egypt
On Monday evening, the Ministry of Health and Population announced the death of two citizens and six injured in a freight train collision with two buses in Helwan, south of Cairo.
Immediately after the accident, the ministry sent 16 ambulances; the injuries were minor and varied between fractures, bruises and abrasions in different parts of the body.