2 Dead, 16 Injured as Northern Egypt Train derails

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A passenger train reportedly derailed on Tuesday in north of Cairo, killing at least two people and injuring 16 others.

According to Egyptian authorities, it was the latest in a series of rail accidents in the country in recent years.

The derailing happened as the train was traveling through a station in the city of Qalyub on its way to the city of Menouf in the Nile Delta, state prosecutors said in a statement. They said they had opened an investigation into the cause of the crash.

At least 20 ambulances were dispatched to the scene and the injured were transferred to nearby hospitals, health authorities said.

Videos of the aftermath of the collision posted on Facebook showed crowds of people and emergency services gathering around the rail cars, which remained upright after the derailing. In other footage, passengers were seen being pulled from the wreckage through rail-car windows.

Train derailments and crashes are common in Egypt, where the railway system has a history of badly maintained equipment and mismanagement. In recent years, the government has announced modernization initiatives to improve its railways.

In 2021, two trains collided in the southern Egyptian city of Tahta, killing 32 people. Later that year, a train derailed in the Qalyubia province, killing 11 people.