Egypt's train crash staff detained, railway authority chief resigns

Egypt investigates fatal train accident

Egypt investigates fatal train accident

Egypt's prosecution has ordered the detention of a train driver following a deadly train crash near the coastal city of Alexandria that killed 43 people and injured scores. Reports indicated the engine of the first train and two wagons of the second train were thrown off the rail tracks.

The resignation of Medhat Shousha was accepted by the country's transportation minister, the ministry said in a statement.

Prosecutors ordered on Sunday the driver of the Cairo train to be detained for 15 days pending investigation, and requested blood and urine samples to test for drugs.

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".

The president urged a quick upgrade of railway infrastructure, including an electronic signal system to be implemented nationwide to "limit this kind of accident and improve passenger safety procedures".

Several employees of the Egyptian Railways Authority, including two senior operation managers and two watch tower observers, are understood to have been suspended.

In 2012, a train ploughed into a school bus south of Cairo, killing 50 people, mostly children.

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