Man killed by train while crossing railway in Egypt's Al-Ayyat

Ahram Online , Sunday 6 Aug 2017

The victim's foot got stuck in the rails and he was then hit by the train, according to eyewitnesses

File photo: Egyptian train (Al-Ahram)

A man died early on Sunday when he was hit by a train while crossing railway tracks in Giza’s Al-Ayyat district, Al-Ahram Arabic website reported.

The man was running to catch a train to work when his foot got caught in the rails, eyewitnesses told the prosecution.

Details of the victim's identity have not yet been made public.

Giza prosecutors are conducting further investigations into the incident.

Al-Ayyat was the scene of another deadly incident in December, when a train collided with a microbus on a railway crossing. Two people were killed in the incident, while the railway worker responsible for operating the crossing was said to have been sleeping at the time.

In January 2016, a train collided with a car on a crossing at Al-Ayyat, resulting in the deaths of seven people.

Egypt's railway system has been largely operated manually, with employees responsible for managing the crossings by communicating with the drivers – a practice that is considered unreliable and unsafe.

The government has embarked on programs to automate the crossings but said repairing and developing the railway system would take two to three years.

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