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Egypt misdemeanor court is to rule on involuntary manslaughter charges against rail workers for Badrashin crash that killed 19 police conscripts

Ahram Online, Friday 3 May 2013
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An Egyptian misdemeanour court in Giza, Cairo is slated to rule on the Badrashin train crash which killed at least 19 police conscripts in January.

The 12-carriage train carrying 1328 Central Security Forces conscripts was en route to Cairo from Upper Egypt when one of its cars – carrying around 200 soldiers – derailed, hitting a goods train parked outside a storage depot.

On trial are the train's maintenance engineer, driver and assistant, as well as the train's commissary and assistant on charges of involuntary manslaughter and grave negligence.

Egypt has experienced numerous train crashes within the past two decades.

Calls for substantial reforms in the railway had increased following the Badrashin incident, which occurred within days after 50 schoolchildren were killed when their bus was hit by a train.

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