Scores injured in Egypt train derailment

Mostly minor injuries were reported after almost 60 people were hurt when a train crashed in Egypt

A passenger train has derailed on a railway track south of Cairo, wounding at least 55 people.

The accident took place when three of the train's carriages derailed at a station close to Giza, Egypt's railway authority said. It added that lifting tools, cranes and maintenance teams were dispatched to the site.

It was not immediately clear what caused the derailment.

Ahmed al-Ansari, the ambulance authority head, said as many as 55 people were wounded and taken to hospital for treatment. There were no immediate reports of fatalities.

Egypt's railway system has a poor safety record, mostly blamed on decades of badly maintained equipment and poor management. Figures by Egypt's official statistics agency show that 1793 train accidents took place in 2017.

In March, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi said the government lacks about 250 billion Egyptian pounds ($18.9b) to overhaul the country's run-down railway system.

His remarks came a day after a passenger train collided with a cargo train in Egypt, killing at least 12 people, including a child.

In 2016, at least 51 people were killed when two commuter trains collided near Cairo.