In Egypt, at least 40 people have died and more than 130 have been injured as a result of a railway accident outside Alexandria. This is one of the worst rail disasters of the last two decades for the country.
The train accident in Alexandria on Friday, August 11, 2017, is due to a switching error. The train from Port Said was placed at the stop on the line to be taken by the Alexandria-Cairo train. As a result, the locomotive struck the train stationary, knocking down or destroying a dozen cars.
The Egyptian Railways, which were the flagship of Africa and the Middle East, began to collapse since the 1960s, due to lack of resources and disastrous state management. The structure is indebted nearly one billion euros, in particular, because of the very low prices imposed by the government. A Cairo-Alexandria trip costs, for example, five euros in first class.
According to the Egyptian Statistics Office, 12,000 accidents have been recorded since 2007. But in 2002, the worst railway disaster in the history of the Egyptian railway took place when the cars of one Train had burned and killed 373 people.