VIDEO: 5 Killed in Train Derailment in South of Egypt

Wed Sep 7, 2016 19:19:21

A train went off the tracks south of Egypt's capital, Cairo, on Wednesday, killing five people, according to the Health Ministry.

Ministry spokesperson Khaled Megahed said 27 people were injured in the accident in the al-Ayat area, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of Cairo.

The cause of the accident was not immediately known, but Transport Minister Galal Said he ordered an investigation.

Railway officials said the first three cars of the train, which was travelling to the southern city of Aswan, went off the tracks.

The accident halted train services from Cairo to provinces south of the capital for several hours before they were partially restored.

The accident comes during one of the busiest travel times of the year, when millions of Egyptians leave Cairo and other big cities to head to their hometowns and villages for the Eid al-Adha, a major Muslim holiday that begins on Monday.

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