Freight train derails in Egypt, kills One

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The Police and Railway Authority stated that a freight train travelling north of Cairo ran off the rails on Wednesday, June 22, smashing into a house and killing a woman.

According to the authorities, the train, loaded with grain, was travelling in the northern Beheira province when it was derailed, the reason for which was not immediately clear.

Train accidents are not uncommon in Egypt, claiming hundreds of lives every year, mostly in accidents that go unreported.

Last year, a series of train accidents killed scores and injured hundreds, prompting the government to accelerate plans to upgrade the service, including buying new train and engine cars and overhauling the signal system.