In the early morning of 27 February 2019, in Cairo’s main train station, Ramses Station, a locomotive hit the buffers at the end of the track at platform 6 at high speed, causing an explosion that sparked a major blaze and fireball that blackened the walls of the station. The locomotive could later be seen inside, leaning to one side next to a platform. One eyewitness said:
I saw a man pointing from the locomotive as it entered the platform, and screaming, ‘There are no brakes, there are no brakes’ before he jumped out of the locomotive. He was probably the driver, but I don’t know what happened to him.
It was later confirmed that the driver was not inside the locomotive during the accident. A few hours later, the train driver was arrested.