Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français (SNCF), France’s national state-owned railway company, recently ordered 2,000 new trains to service its growing railroad network. The problem is the trains are too large for many of the stations they were intended to service, according to published reports.
Egyptian officials say a train has crashed into two vehicles south of Cairo, killing at least 24 people and wounding 28 others. The accident happened early Monday near Dhashur. Authorities say most of the victims were in a mini bus traveling back from a wedding when it was struck by the train. Egypt’s top rail official says initial reports indicate that gates at the railroad crossing were down at the time of the crash, and that the vehicle had continued onto the tracks. The country’s rail system has a poor safety record due to a lack of maintenance and poor
A bomb has exploded on a railroad track in southwestern Pakistan, killing at least five people and wounding 10 others. Officials said Monday’s blast, in the Naseerabad district of Baluchistan province, derailed a train. The device had been planted on the tracks. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. Baluchistan has been affected by sectarian violence recently, in addition to nationalist groups demanding greater rights and a share of gas and mineral revenues.