|Railway accidents in Egypt|
|Sunday, 25 October 2009|
Egypt's national railway system is the biggest in the Middle East, with
nearly 5,000 kilometers of track, according to Egyptian National
It is well known that Egypt is characterized by a huge Railways transport network includes two different levels of passenger, the first level is luxury in most cases to foreign tourists and Egyptians who are able to afford it.
Other level is old and slow trains the passenger squeeze with their baggage, and sometimes beasts.
On the other hand, the Egyptians complain about the poor condition of most third-class passenger trains, which used by the majority of the poor and low-income.
They believe that the development processes, focusing only on first class trains used by the prosperous and tourists.
The worst recent disaster took place in February 2002 when a train heading to southern Egypt caught fire, killing 363 people.
The official MENA news agency said Prosecutor General Abdel-Maguid Mahmoud ordered the formation of a technical committee to determine the reasons behind the accident.
Egypt’s officials said a gas stove being used by a passenger on board the packed train started the fire, according to MENA.
Meanwhile, many of the crashes are due to reckless driving, poor road and vehicle maintenance and lack of enforcement of traffic regulations.
The recent Railways incidents prompted Egypt’s government to approve an immediate allocation of $860 million to develop the rail infrastructure, plus another $600 million in loans to the sector later in that year.
But Ahmed Salah, an old Technical expert of the railway Authority, who surprises the all, said that the new trains are deeply flawed and we all complain it.
He said that we must provide the good training for the drivers before they drive these computerized trains after these more that 40-years old and rickety trains that they were driving it.
October 2009: A passenger train has collided with the back of a second one ahead of it on the tracks just outside Cairo, destroying several passenger cars and killing at least 18 people, a police official said.
The train that caused the collision was headed from Cairo to the southern city of Assuit, while the one that was hit was travelling from Giza province to the oasis town of Fayoum, Egypt's official Middle East News Agency said.
The first train had made an unscheduled halt, apparently after hitting a cow. However the second train continued on at normal speed until it ran into the back of the stationary train.
Villager Samhi Saleh Abdel Al, 21, said: "The first train stopped after hitting a cow and 10 minutes later the second train arrived at full speed.
Al-Ayyat was the scene of Egypt's deadliest train crash when the bodies of at least 361 passengers were recovered from a train following a fire in February 2002.
August 2006: In the latest disaster in the serial of Egypt’s train
crash, two trains collided with one coming from Mansoura heading to
Cairo and the other coming from Banha in the same direction, resulting
in a violent collision between two trains.
May 2006: Freight train collided with another at one of “Al Shaht” stations, Al Sharqia province resulting in injuring of 45 people.
February 2006: two trains collided near the city of Alexandria which birth to injuring about 20 people.
February 2002: It is considered an Egypt’s deadliest rail accident which a fire broke out on a train, killing more than 370 people and the worst recent disaster took place.
November 1999: a train from Cairo to Alexandria collided with a transportation truck and derailed his way to agricultural land, leading to 10 dead and wounding others 7 were seriously.
December 1995: 75 passengers killed and hundreds injured because of a collision a passenger train with the back of a second one ahead of it on the tracks.
December 1993: 12 killed, 60 wounded in a collision two trains, about 90 km north of Cairo.
February 1992: Train crash kills 43 outside Cairo.
By Tamer Ibrahim,
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