Four injured in Egypt train crash - ministry

2012-07-18 12:52
Bystanders gather around a derailed train in Egypt. (Mohammed Asad, AP)

Bystanders gather around a derailed train in Egypt. (Mohammed Asad, AP)

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Cairo - A train crashed and derailed south of Cairo on Tuesday, leaving four people injured, the Egyptian health ministry said.

The train, heading for the town of Sohag. Five of its 15 carriages overturned.

Passengers on another train which had stopped had thrown rocks and iron rods on the rails in protest at the delay, causing the derailment, the source said.

"Four people were injured in the accident and there were no deaths," Ahmar al-Ansari, deputy head of the health ministry's emergencies department, told journalists.

The security source had earlier reported an unknown number of dead and injured.

In Egypt's last train tragedy, almost 20 people were killed in 2009 when one train hurtled at full-speed into the back of another which had stopped.

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