2009 Al Ayyat railway accident

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Not to be confused with 2002 Al Ayyat railway accident.
Al Ayyat train collision
The trains collided south of Cairo, Egypt.
The trains collided south of Cairo, Egypt.
Details
Date 24 October 2009
Time UTC+3
Location Al Ayyat, Giza
Country Egypt
Type of incident train collision
Cause Under investigation
Statistics
Trains 2
Passengers 0
Deaths at least 50[1]
Injuries at least 30[1]
Damage several carriages destroyed

The Al Ayyat train collision killed at least 50 people and injured 30 others on 24 October 2009.[1] The incident occurred in Al Ayyat (ar), 6th of October Governorate, located 50 km south of Cairo.[2][3][4][5] The official death toll has increased and might increase further.[6][7][8][9] One of the trains was going southward to visit the Asyut and Aswan, popular tourist destinations.[10]

A second train slammed into the first, which had stopped to allow an animal, described by various witnesses and officials as either a cow or a water buffalo, to make its way safely across.[1][11][12][13] The second train was first class and had many passengers aboard;[10] the first one was traveling light.[10] It was thought that two carriages were wrecked completely.[14]

Reports described passengers jumping out of the train, but one carriage fell on another and the two had to be separated by a crane.[7] Attempts to find survivors in the two carriages were eventually halted when rescuers concluded there were no further survivors in or under either car.[15] Carriages were cut to reach the passengers.[16] Casualties were hospitalised.[15] Searches continued throughout the night after the crash.[8]

Egyptian railway authorities immediately announced an investigation into the crash.[10] The Egyptian government was criticised for its reaction by some of the surviving passengers.[17] Dubai's daily newspaper Gulf News and Israeli publication The Jerusalem Post both suggested officials on-scene had been forbidden from speaking to the media about the incident.[18][19] The crash was first reported on Twitter, with news networks initially reluctant to provide coverage.[17]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Over 50 killed as one train rams into another in Egypt". Press Trust of India. 2009-10-25. Archived from the original on 30 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  2. ^ Reuters
  3. ^ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/8324269.stmref>
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "25 die in train collision in Egypt". Press TV. 2009-10-25. Archived from the original on 26 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  6. ^ "Death toll in Egypt train collision rises to 25". RIA Novosti. 2009-10-25. Archived from the original on 28 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  7. ^ a b "Passengers leap from train in crash that kills 25". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2009-10-26. Archived from the original on 28 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  8. ^ a b "Egypt train collision kills 25". Euronews. 2009-10-25. Archived from the original on 5 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  9. ^ "So far 25 people dead as two trains head down same track". Al Arabiya. 2009-10-24. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  10. ^ a b c d "18 killed in Egypt train crash". RTÉ. 2009-10-25. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  11. ^ Adam Arnold (2009-10-25). "Water Buffalo Caused Deadly Train Crash". Sky News. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  12. ^ "Stray cow triggers deadly Egyptian train collision". The Australian. 2009-10-26. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  13. ^ "25 killed in Egyptian train crash". Radio Netherlands Worldwide. 2009-10-25. Archived from the original on 30 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  14. ^ "15 killed in Cairo train collision". Irish Independent. 2009-10-25. Archived from the original on 26 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  15. ^ a b "Deadly train crash in Egypt". Al Jazeera. 2009-10-25. Archived from the original on 26 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  16. ^ "22 killed in Egypt train collision". Thaindian News. 2009-10-25. Archived from the original on 28 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  17. ^ a b Bikya Masr staff (2009-10-25). "Egypt train crash leaves dozens dead". Bikya Masr. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  18. ^ "More than 25 dead, 55 injured in Egyptian train collision". Gulf News. 2009-10-25. Archived from the original on 28 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  19. ^ "Egyptian police: 2 trains collide in Cairo outskirts, killing 14". The Jerusalem Post. 2009-10-24. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 

Coordinates: 29°37′00″N 31°15′00″E / 29.6167°N 31.25°E / 29.6167; 31.25