WORLD 5 killed as truck struck by train at railway crossing in Egypt's Luxor

WORLD

5 killed as truck struck by train at railway crossing in Egypt's Luxor

Xinhua

00:50, October 30, 2019

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CAIRO, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- At least five people were killed and four others injured on Tuesday after a train crashed into a small truck at a railway crossing in Upper Egypt's Luxor province.

The crash took place while the vehicle was crossing the Karnak railway crossing in the Badran region in Luxor, Egyptian Railways Authority said in a statement.

The truck was carrying passengers, it said, without giving more details on the casualties.

The authority pointed out that it had closed the illegal crossing point more than once but local residents reopened it in violation of the law.

Egyptian Minister of Transport Kamel Wazir ordered investigation into the crash.

Railway accidents are common in Egypt due to negligence and poor maintenance. The railway system is largely operated manually.


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