At least 32 killed as two trains collide in Egypt’s Sohag, rescue operations underway

Two trains collided north of the Egyptian city of Sohag on Friday. Authorities in Egypt have launched a rescue operation.

UPDATED: March 26, 2021 17:58 IST

Two trains collide north of the city of Sohag in Egypt on Friday. In a statement, the Egyptian health ministry said a rescue operation has been launched and authorities are on the scene.

As many as 36 ambulances have been dispatched to the site. Casualties are being taken to hospitals, the statement from the health ministry went on to say.

Officials have confirmed the deaths of 32 passengers, according to a report by Bloomberg. Egyptian media outlets peg the number of injured persons at 66.

The report goes on to add that the collision derailed three carriages.

Images of the carriages lying overturned across the track are being widely circulated on social media platforms. Some of the pictures show that the train carriages derailed above a channel of water.

“The trains collided while going at not very high speeds, which led to the destruction of two carriages and a third to overturn,” news agency Reuters reported quoting a security source.

Egypt’s Railway Authority says the second train collided with the first from behind leading two carriages to derail.

Emergency brakes triggered by unknown persons caused the first train to halt abruptly, the Egyptian Railway Authority has said.

More details are awaited as this is a developing story.



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