Death toll in Alexandria train crash rises to 49

Patrice Gainsbourg
Agosto 14, 2017

Reports indicated the engine of the first train and two wagons of the second train were thrown off the rail tracks.

Egypt's latest train disaster saw two trains collide on the Cairo-Alexandria mainline on Friday, leading to the deaths of 41 people and injuring scores more.

CAIRO-Egypt's transport minister said Sunday that he has accepted the railway authority chief's resignation over a deadly train crash near the coastal city of Alexandria that killed 43 people and injured many more.

Prosecutors ordered the driver of the Cairo train, his assistant, the driver of the Port Said train and an observation tower lookout to be detained for 15 days pending investigation, and accused them of manslaughter and negligence.

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Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has said that those responsible "should immediately be held accountable and shown no leniency, regardless of their positions".

Egyptians have long complained that successive governments have failed to develop the country's dilapidated transport network and guarantee basic railway safety standards.

Figures recently released by the state's statistics agency show that 1,249 train accidents took place previous year, the highest number since 2009, when the figure was 1,577.

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