Train Crash Kills 32, Injures Hundreds in Egypt

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A collision between two trains in Egypt on Friday led to the death of 32 people, while at least 160 people were found injured.

Egypt’s Health Ministry made the announcement on Friday, with the country’s Prime Minister adding that it’s high time the country changed its old railway methods.

The collision was caused by the triggering the emergency brakes on the train, causing the train coming from behind to collide with it.

The incident, which happened in a town near River Nile, 365km away from capital city Cairo, led to derailed train carriages, as several part of the train appeared badly broken.

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Injured commuters have since been taken to hospitals in Cairo for better treatment.

Egypt has one of the oldest railway systems in North Africa but has its trains begging to be upgraded, many years since they began operation.

There have been many casualties in the past from railway ruins and now, President, Abdelfatah El Sisi said those behind the latest incident will be punished. He has also ordered that the compensation paid to victims should be doubled.

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