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Prosecutors issue subpoena to question ten Egyptian railway officials over July train derailment

Ahram Online , Wednesday 29 Aug 2018
A police officer stands guard in front of a passenger train which derailed in al-Badrasheen area of Giza province, south of Egypt's capital Cairo, Egypt July 13, 2018. (REUTERS)

Egyptian administrative prosecutors have issued a subpoena to question ten railway officials over their potential role in a passenger train derailment in Giza that injured 63 people last month.

The officials, who include the managers and monitoring heads of maintenance, signaling, and operations, are accused of "negligence and failure to enforce supervision," a statement from the prosecution read.

Eight carriages of a train headed to the southern governorate of Qena on 13 July derailed onto a siding before it hit a wooden barrier, according to a report by an investigation committee formed by the country's railway authority. Inspection revealed that a malfunction on the railroad switch caused the accident.

Egypt's railway network is notorious for its poor safety record, which is mostly blamed on a lack of maintenance, manually-operated systems and poor management. Successive governments have failed to enforce safety measures on the system.

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