Nearly 100 people were injured Monday, March 21, most slightly, in the collision of two trains in the south of the capital Tunis, reported the civil defense. “They were transported to hospitals”communicated the spokesman of the civil defense, Moez Treaa, specifying that one of the trains carried passengers while the second was empty.
Fifteen ambulances and other emergency vehicles were mobilized to the scene of the accident. According to the spokesman, most of the injured suffer from broken bones or bruises or are in a state of shock, but no serious cases are to be deplored.
The collision between the two trains of the Tunisian National Railway Company (SNCFT) took place around 9:30 a.m. in Djebel Jelloud, in the southern suburbs of the capital. Its causes were not immediately known.
An Agence France-Presse correspondent on site saw the front of the driver’s cabin of one of the trains partially gutted.
In December 2016, five people were killed and more than 50 injured in the same area in a collision between a public transport bus and a train, due to faulty infrastructure.
In June 2015, Tunisia experienced one of the most serious rail dramas in its recent history, with the death of 18 people in an accident between a train and a truck in El Fahs, about sixty kilometers south of Tunis. The collision was caused by a signaling fault at the level crossing.