Egypt: Train crew detained following Friday’s fatal collision that killed dozens

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Two train drivers and their assistants have been detained following Friday’s fatal accident that killed at least 41 people and injured more than 140 others in Egypt’s coastal city of Alexandria, state news agency MENA reports.

The crew is to be held for 15 days as investigation into the fatal collision is conducted. Blood and urine samples were taken from one driver to ascertain if he was under the influence of drugs.

Transport Minister Hesham Arafat told President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in a meeting that the accident was the result of human error, though he did not elaborate.

The Egyptian Railways Authority said that a train traveling from Cairo hit a train waiting at a small station in the district of Khorshid, at about 2:15 p.m. local time. The idle train had recently arrived from the Mediterranean city of Port Said.

It did not however say what caused the accident, but said that experts would investigate.

Transport ministry officials said the crash could have been caused by a malfunction in one of the trains that caused it to stop on the tracks.

Images of the crash site broadcast on state television showed several carriages had derailed as a result of the collision and that one train had partly keeled over. The footage also showed bodies covered with bed sheets lying near the tracks while medics worked to move the dead and injured to ambulances. Locals also rushed to the tracks to help the crash victims.

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