Train and car collide in Luxor, killing 5 people and injuring 2

Five people were killed and two others were injured after a car collided with a train at Luxor city, Upper Egypt.

The car tried to cross the Badran level crossing in northern Luxor while the train was passing, a security report on the accident said on Tuesday.

Security forces, emergency respondents, ambulances, and city officials moved to the scene. The injured were transferred to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Police prepared a report on the accident and referred it to the Public Prosecution for further investigations.

Egypt’s Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) said in a report earlier this year that train accidents increased by 14 percent to 2,044 accidents in 2018, compared to 1,793 accidents in 2017.

The number of deceased from train accidents increased by 65.5 percent to 48 people in 2018, compared to 29 in 2017. The number of injured persons increased by 129.5 percent to 140 in 2018, compared to 61 in 2017.

The majority of train accidents occurred due to collision of train with vehicles in the grade crossing, accounting for 83 cases of the total accidents in 2018.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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