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An Egyptian Health Ministry official says 69 people were injured when a train derailed and two of its cars overturned, as it was travelling north toward Cairo

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CAIRO — At least 69 people were injured when a train derailed and two of its cars overturned as it was travelling north toward Cairo on Thursday, an Egyptian Health Ministry official said.

Gamal el-Gohari was quoted by Egypt's state-run news agency as saying that the accident took place early Thursday morning near Beni Suef, a city south of Cairo. MENA quoted an unidentified security official as saying that the train hit a cement wall while trying to avoid a second one heading in the opposite direction, causing two of its compartments to overturn.

The agency also said that the train conductor was arrested.

Railroad accidents due to negligence are common in Egypt. Egyptians have long complained that the government has failed to deal with the country's chronic transport problems.

Egypt's worst railway disaster was in February 2002 when a train heading to southern Egypt caught fire, killing 363 people.

PHOTO: People gather at the site of a train derailment near Beni Suef, Egypt, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 that  injured dozens of people were injured as it was traveling north toward Cairo. Railroad accidents due to negligence are common in Egypt. Egyptians have long complained that the government has failed to deal with the country's chronic transport problems. (AP Photo/Samer Abdallah)
People gather at the site of a train derailment near Beni Suef, Egypt, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 that injured dozens of people were injured as it was traveling north toward Cairo. Railroad accidents due to negligence are common in Egypt. Egyptians have long complained that the government has failed to deal with the country's chronic transport problems. (AP Photo/Samer Abdallah)

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PHOTO: At least 69 people were injured when a train derailed and two of its cars overturned as it was travelling north toward Cairo on Thursday, an Egyptian Health Ministry official said. (Feb. 11)
At least 69 people were injured when a train derailed and two of its cars overturned as it was travelling north toward Cairo on Thursday, an Egyptian Health Ministry official said. (Feb. 11)
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PHOTO: People gather at the site of a train derailment near Beni Suef, Egypt, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 that  injured dozens of people were injured as it was traveling north toward Cairo. Railroad accidents due to negligence are common in Egypt. Egyptians have long complained that the government has failed to deal with the country's chronic transport problems. (AP Photo/Samer Abdallah)
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