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Egypt arrests 23 for Sunday’s train accident

- Mohammed Abu Zaid Cairo

Hamada Al-Sawy, Egypt’s public prosecutor, has ordered the arrest of 23 defendants involved in Sunday’s train accident in Toukh, which killed 23 people and injured 139.

Those arrested include the train conductor, his assistant, the supervisor of the railway maintenanc­e in the area where the accident occurred, the general director of track renovation­s, the general director of maintenanc­e, mechanical engineers, and a group of workers and technician­s specialize­d in the maintenanc­e of train vehicles.

Al-Sawy also ordered the arrest of the director of the railway engineerin­g department in the area of the accident, as well as another engineer. They face charges of negligence and failure to observe laws and regulation­s while performing their jobs. The public prosecutio­n observed negligence in the maintenanc­e of the trains, as well as forgery in official documents. It questioned 29 Egyptian Railway Authority officials, heard the testimony of 104 of those injured in the accident and authorized the burial of the identified bodies.

The public prosecutio­n also formed a technical committee of specialist­s, including officials from the Armed Forces Engineerin­g Authority, to carry out various inspection­s in order to determine the cause of the accident, which occurred at 2:05 p.m. in the country’s Qalyubia governate.

The committee was tasked with inspecting the train and its safety and security devices, checking the validity of the railway lines at the site of the accident and the devices used in control rooms with light signals and identifyin­g those responsibl­e, directly or indirectly, for the accident.

The Cairo-Mansoura train No. 949 had left Cairo at 1:20 p.m. and was scheduled to arrive in Mansoura at 5 p.m.

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