CAIRO – A multiple-car crash on a Cairo road in entrance of Egypt’s primary most cancers hospital set off an explosion that triggered a hearth exterior the constructing, killing a complete of 20 individuals, authorities stated Monday.
The crash and the explosion additionally injured 47 others, the well being ministry stated. Among the injured suffered burns and damaged bones, it added, although it wasn’t instantly clear if any of the casualties had been contained in the hospital.
The Inside Ministry stated a car driving towards the visitors — for causes that weren’t specified — had collided with as much as three different automobiles late on Sunday, inflicting the explosion on the Nile-side road, the town’s well-known Corniche. Not less than 78 sufferers had been evacuated to different hospitals whereas the fireplace was later introduced underneath management.
The blast broken the most cancers hospital’s primary gate and several other affected person rooms and wards, in keeping with an announcement from the Cairo College. Its Medical College makes use of the institute as an academic facility.
Tv stations broadcast footage of shattered home windows and doorways on Monday morning. The well being ministry didn’t say if any hospital sufferers or employees had been among the many casualties.
“Components of the ceiling of the hospital had been collapsing as I received out of my room,” stated Mahmoud el-Sayed, one of many sufferers on the Nationwide Most cancers Institute. “Individuals had been working all over the place and shouting.”
There was no rapid rationalization as to why the crash had brought about such a big explosion and officers couldn’t be reached for questions on doable sabotage or whether or not there had been any explosive supplies on the scene.
The county’s high prosecutor ordered an investigation into the crash, in keeping with the state-run MENA information company.
“We heard an explosion and … the financial institution entrance glass was shattered all over the place,” stated Abdel-Rahman Mohamed, a safety officer at a financial institution on the reverse aspect of the hospital.
One other eyewitness, Mohamed Ashraf, stated many automobiles within the neighborhood had been additionally broken and people inside them suffered burns. “There have been round 20 automobiles” within the space, he stated. “Individuals had been struggling to get the passengers out of the automobiles.”
The well being ministry stated the injured had been taken to totally different hospitals for remedy.
Well being Minister Hala Zayed stated in TV feedback that unidentified physique elements had been being collected in a physique bag from the location of the explosion. It was additionally doable that some our bodies had ended up within the Nile, she added.
The police shortly cordoned off the realm of the crash. Civil defence employees had been seen Monday morning eradicating particles as officers milled about, inspecting the hospital to find out the extent of the injury to the constructing.
Some sufferers with scheduled appointments for Monday had been left stranded, ready exterior the hospital with their kin.
“We have no idea the place to go,” stated farmer Ahmed Ramadan who had introduced his daughter for a spherical of chemo remedy from their house province of Beni Suef, about 145 kilometres (90 miles) south of Cairo.
The hospital is near Cairo’s Tahrir Sq., which turned recognized internationally because the scene of mass protests within the 2011 rebellion that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak.
Street accidents are widespread in Egypt, usually the results of badly maintained roads and poor enforcement of visitors legal guidelines. The nation’s official statistics company says eight,000 crashes final 12 months brought about greater than three,000 deaths and 12,000 accidents.