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Egypt prosecutors detain train drivers after deadly collision near Alexandria

The drivers will be held for 15 days and tested for drugs pending the results of the probe into the incident, which left 42 dead

Ahram Online , Sunday 13 Aug 2017
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A fresh train (R) passes by at the site of a fatal railroad collision from the day before in the area of Khorshid on the outskirts of Egypt's Mediterranean city of Alexandria from the day before, on August 12, 2017 AFP
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Prosecutors in Alexandria have ordered the detention for 15 days of the drivers of two trains that collided near Alexandria on Friday killing dozens of people, state-run news agency MENA said on Sunday.

The prosecutors ordered the two drivers be detained and given drugs tests pending the results of a probe into the causes of the crash.

The two trains collided between Cairo and the coastal city of Alexandria, killing 42 people and injuring dozens more. One of the trains stopped on the tracks and the other train ploughed into it from behind, according to preliminary investigations.

One of the trains had been travelling to Alexandria from Cairo, while the other was coming from Port Said.

On Saturday, Transport Minister Hisham Arafat said the crash was caused by the Egyptian railway's manual-operation system and poorly developed infrastructure.

Egyptians have long complained that successive governments have failed to develop the dilapidated transport network and guarantee basic railway safety standards.

Several deadly railway crashes have taken place in Egypt over the years. In 2012, a train ploughed into a school bus south of Cairo, killing 50 people, mostly children.

The country's worst train disaster took place in 2002 when a fire swept through a passenger train heading to the south, killing some 360 people.

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