Two trains collide in Egypt, several people injured

A passenger train collided with a cargo train north of Cairo on Monday, injuring several people, police officials said, two weeks after a major train crash in the same area killed 58 people.

The collision occurred Monday evening near Shebin al-Qanater, north of the capital, the officials said. They said several people were injured, but did not immediately have an exact number. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.

On Aug. 21, a passenger train rammed into the back of another train parked at a station in Qalyoub, in the same province as Shebin al-Qanater, killing 58 people.

Authorities are still investigating the cause of that crash, but it prompted a wave of outrage among Egyptians over the poor state of transportation infrastructure. The transportation minister, Mohammed Mansour , later acknowledged the rail system was in need of a major overhaul and was severely underfunded, reports AP.

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