Tunisia train collision injures 95

On Monday morning in the Tunisian capital’s south, a head-on collision between two passenger trains injured 95 persons, according to rescue services.

“The injured were brought to hospitals, and no deaths were reported,” Moez Triaa, a civil defense official, said AFP, adding that just one of the trains was carrying passengers.

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He claimed the most of the injured had fractures and bruises, none of which were life-threatening.

He stated that many people were in shock and that roughly 15 ambulances had been dispatched to treat the injured or transport them to the hospital.

The incident occurred around 9:30 a.m. local time (07:30 a.m. GMT) in the Jbel Jelloud district, on the way to a central Tunis terminus.

The front of one of the trains had caved in, according to an AFP correspondent on the scene.

In recent years, multiple catastrophic accidents have occurred on Tunisia’s aging railway system.

In late 2016, a train plowed into a public bus near the scene of Monday’s crash, killing at least five people and injuring more than 50.

The North African country had one of its biggest railway tragedies the previous year, when a train collided with a lorry and derailed at a level crossing south of the city due to a signal failure, killing 18 people.

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