On March 26, near the country where such a tragedy occurred, a collision between two passenger trains caused at least 20 deaths and 199 injuries near Sohag (south).
The Egyptian Prosecutor’s Office stated on Sunday (April 11) that the train driver and his assistant who had a fatal crash in southern Egypt at the end of March were not in their posts. The two disputed this statement.
On March 26, near the country where such a tragedy occurred, a collision between two passenger trains caused at least 20 deaths and 199 injuries near Sohag (south). On the same day thereafter, the accident that caused 32 deaths was corrected the first time the accident happened.
According to the investigator’s report quoted by the Attorney General’s Office, “they [le conducteur et son assistant] Not in the cockpit because they claim “ The collision occurred while colliding with another train. At the same time, the Attorney General’s Office pointed out in a press release that the assistant to the fixed train and a nearby traffic controller had taken drugs. The first time I took marijuana and tramadol (opioids), the second time I took tramadol.
After the tragic incident, Egyptian Transport Minister Kamel El-Wazir-a former general who was appointed after another fatal accident in 2019-said “The Human Factor” Railway disasters often stem from railway disasters, and promises to establish an automated network by 2024. President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi promised to impose sanctions on the perpetrators.
Soon after the tragedy, at least eight people including the driver and his assistant were arrested. The images taken by the surveillance cameras and the images seen by AFP showed an extremely violent collision. One of the trucks was spilled in the air with a huge dust cloud on it. The disaster occurred in the village of Al-Samaa Gharb, 460 kilometers south of Cairo.
Due to anarchic traffic, dilapidated vehicles or poorly maintained and poorly regulated roads and railways, Egypt often suffers from serious road and railway accidents.
The deadliest railway tragedy in the country’s history occurred in 2002, when a train caught fire and killed more than 360 people 40 kilometers south of Cairo. In February 2019, a train was embedded in the wall of Ramses Central Station in Cairo, causing an explosion and fire, killing about 20 people.