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January 15, 2013

Egypt Train Derailment Kills 19, Injures 107

by VOA News

A train carrying military recruits has derailed near the Egyptian capital, killing 19 people and injuring 107 others.

Officials say two train cars went off the tracks early Tuesday in the Badrasheen neighborhood of Giza.

The accident comes less than two weeks after a new transportation minister was named to improve the safety of the Egyptian rail system, which has a poor safety record due to a lack of maintenance and poor management.

About 50 people died in November when a train slammed into a school bus in central Egypt.

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