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Egypt's prosecution detains Giza accident train driver, assistant and five others, pending investigations

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Saturday 14 Jul 2018
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The site of train accident which took place after three train carriages derailed while en route from Cairo to Upper Egypt's Qena (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Egypt's Giza Prosecution ordered the four-day detention of a train driver on Saturday, pending investigations into the Cairo-Qena train which derailed in Giza on Friday leaving tens injured.

A statement by the prosecution said the driver's assistant and five other railway employees were also detained pending investigations.

On Friday afternoon, a number of the train's carriages derailed in Badrashein area in Giza on its route from Cairo to Upper Egypt’s Qena, leaving at least 58 people injured and no fatalities, according to the latest reports by Egypt's Health Ministry. Many of the injured have been discharged from hospitals after receiving their treatment.

The preliminary inspection of the accident site shows that three of the train carriages were damaged, their glass smashed, and their internal and external structures ruined.  

The detainees include the control tower worker, the signal technician and the head of the Badrashein station.

The prosecution also formed a technical committee comprised of professors from the faculty of engineering at Cairo University and experts from the Ministry of Transport to examine the accident site, write a detailed report on the incident and also to identify the perpetrator.

During the investigations, the train driver said that he did not receive any warning to slow down, and that he was surprised when the route was changed to follow a storage lane, requiring him to decrease the speed.

Meanwhile, the tower and the signal technicians denied that they changed the route of the train, during questioning by the prosecution. 

The technical committee formed has impounded the train's black box to investigate into the cause of the incident. 

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