CAIRO: At least 11 people were killed and nearly 100 injured in a train accident in Egypt on Sunday.
Four carriages of a train heading from Cairo to the Nile Delta city of Mansoura came off the tracks in Toukh, a small farming town in Qalioubia province about 40km north of the capital.
Saudi Arabia was among the first to express its sorrow after the tragedy. “The Kingdom expresses its sincere condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims, and to the Egyptian leadership, government and people, wishing the injured a speedy recovery,” the Foreign Ministry said.
Egypt’s Health Ministry said more than 50 ambulances took the injured to three hospitals in the province, and 14 people who sustained minor injuries were released from a hospital close to the accident site. Investigators had been sent to determine the accident’s cause, the ministry said.
Ashraf Raslan, the head of the railway authority, said an urgent technical committee had been formed to find out why the train derailed.