The death toll from Friday’s major train collision in Eastern Egypt has been revised down. As far as is currently known, there are no 32 but 19 fatalities, Egyptian Health Minister Hala Zayed reports on Saturday. The number of injured people rose from 165 to 185.
It often happens that the numbers of victims are adjusted in the days after a disaster. Often the number of deaths or injuries continues to rise because it is not known immediately after the accident how many people were involved. Sometimes the numbers actually drop, because people who were listed as ‘deceased’ in the chaos still appear to be alive.
The current numbers (19 dead and 185 injured) are not yet definitive. A number of seriously injured people are still in danger of death.
The accident took place north of the city of Sohag, 350 kilometers south of the Egyptian capital Cairo.
Collision by emergency brake trigger
The collision occurred after the emergency brake on one of the trains was pulled, according to the railway authorities. The train came to a stop and then was rammed from behind by another train. Further research is being done on this. Images of the disaster show enormous havoc.
Egypt has one of the oldest rail networks in the region. As a result, accidents with trains occur more often. Trains and the track are poorly maintained and the training of drivers is also said to be less than optimal.
The worst railway accident to date took place in 2002. More than 360 people died when a passenger train caught fire.
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