Thursday, 6 November 2014

One killed, 65 Injured As Train Derailed In Algeria

A train derailed on Wednesday morning in Algerian capital of Algiers, killing a woman and injuring some 65 others, 40 of whom are in critical condition, officials said.

A local radio channel quoted spokesman for the Fire Fighting Department Sofiane Bakhti as saying that the train derailed near Hussein Dey station in the eastern suburb of Algiers.

Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal rushed to the scene and ordered to launch an immediate investigation.

Director of Algiers Rail Mohamed Hamzaoui said that 40 of the injured passengers are in "very critical condition."

General Manager of Algerian Railway Yacine Bendjaballah told reporters that "it's too early to say the accident was caused by over speed," adding that "We have found two black boxes, and we are searching for the third ahead of examining carefully all details and circumstances of the incident."

The train was coming from the central station of Agha in downtown Algiers and heading to Thenia, a locality within the province of Boumerdes, 55 km southeast of Algiers.

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