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Egypt est. rail technical check, inaugurates 7-man probe committee on train crash

By Newsdesk

The Egyptian Government has launched an on-the-spot technical railway check barely 24 hours after after a deadly train crash in Alexandria, which claimed 49 passengers and injured over 130.

To prevent another deadly plane crash, the government has assigned a military engineering body to perform an on-the-spot technical railway check after the deadly train crash in the coastal city of Alexandria.

The government, in a statement by its general prosecution office on Saturday, ordered formation of a seven-member committee from the Armed Forces Engineering Authority and the consultation office of the Military Technical College to issue a report on yesterday’s train collision.

Members of the committee would further include two members from the country’s anti-corruption Administrative Control Authority.

“The committee’s mission is to examine the crash scene and technically check the soundness of the railroad and the traffic light signals and semaphores based on the standards regulated for railway operation,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, the Transportation Ministry disclosed that the two drivers of the twin trains have been held for questioning and four railway officials have been suspended over the tragedy.

Over the past 15 years, Egypt has witnessed several deadly railway crashes that signaled poor railway conditions and lack of necessary railroad maintenance.

The worst train accident in Egypt took place at Giza’s district of Ayyat in 2002, which killed 350 passengers when fire broke out in a train coming from Upper Egypt, forcing passengers to hopelessly jump out to survive.

Another train tragedy hit the country 10 years later, particularly in November 2012, when a train hit a school bus at a crossing barrier area in Upper Egypt’s Assiut province, killing over 50 children.

Later in early 2013, the derailment of a train in Giza carrying new police recruits left 19 people killed and over 100 wounded.

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