2009 Al Ayyat railway accident

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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