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At least 11 people killed, 98 injured as train derails in Egypt

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At least 11 people have been killed and 98 others injured after a train derailed in Egypt’s Qalyubia Governorate, according to an Al Arabiya correspondent.

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Several victims are trapped underneath overturned carriages, according to an eyewitness. The driver, an assistand and eight others have been arrested and an investigation by the country’s public prosecution is underway, according to local media.

Egypt's cabinet said in a statement that four carriages of the train heading from Cairo to Mansoura, a Delta city, came off the tracks.
Dozens of ambulances were dispatched to the site, the health ministry added, and investigators have been sent to determine the accident's cause.

President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi tasked the military's engineering authority on Sunday with investigating the latest incident, which came on the heels of a deadly train crash last month that left at least 20 people dead.

Eight of the carriages overturned near the city of Benha on Sunday, according to the governor of Qalyubia.

Egyptian daily Youm7 reported that 20 ambulances attended the scene after the 949 Cairo-Mansoura derailed.

It is the second derailment in Egypt in one week, after an incident that happened at Minya al-Qamh in which around 15 people were injured according to Youm7.

The incident comes weeks after at least 18 people were killed and many more injured when two trains collided in Egypt’s Sohag province on March 26.

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