Was the major railway disaster in Egypt due to the emergency brake switch?

According to preliminary data from the investigation, the reason for the train disaster in Egypt on March 26 is due to the fact that someone applied the emergency brake. The train stopped, and a moment later another passenger train, following behind, crashed into it. As a result, at least 32 people died and more than 60 were injured. This is reported by the railway magazine Railway Supply with reference to nakolei.pl.

Was the major railway disaster in Egypt due to the emergency brake switch?

The incident took place last Friday, near the town of Sohag. As a result of the collision of trains, two railcars were destroyed, and the third was overturned. The Egyptian President promised to punish those responsible.

Nine rail cars of PKP CARGO freight train derailed

Egypt has one of the oldest and largest rail networks in North Africa, and fatal accidents are pretty common here. According to official figures, 1793 rail accidents occurred in the country in 2017. In particular, two passenger trains collided near the port city of Alexandria, as a result of this 43 people died. In 2016, at least 51 people died in a collision between two electric trains near Cairo.

In 2018, it was reported that the Egyptian government lacked about $ 14.1 billion to repair the railway system.

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