Egypt - Train Crash Kills 45
Kafr el-Douar 19 October 1998: Forty-five people are reported to have been killed when a train crashed through buffers in Kafr el-Douar on Sunday.
The train which was travelling between Alexandria and Kafr el-Sheikh was diverted into a siding to allow the an express from Alexandria to Cairo to pass. The first train failed to stop however and crashed through the buffers at the end of the siding coming to a halt in a market-square beyond. The accident occurred in the late afternoon when the square was crowded with people including children returning from school. Several shops were demolished by the impact of the train.
Uncomfirmed reports suggest that the train had been traveling too fast as it entered the siding at a speed of around 50mph (80km/h). Investigators are looking into the possibility that the train's braking system had failed possibly due to a passenger, riding on the outside of the train interfering with a brake pipe. It is common in Egypt for people to travel on the roofs of trains as well as clinging to the outsides.
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