Egyptian authorities arrest engineer after fatal train crash
Egyptian prosecutors ordered an engineer detained Wednesday pending an investigation into a train crash a day earlier that killed four people near Cairo.
The passenger train crashed into a concrete barrier at a station in the city of Qalyub while traveling on Tuesday to the Nile Delta city of Menouf, prosecutors said in a statement. As a result, the locomotive and the first carriage were knocked off the tracks.
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Initial investigations blamed high speed for the accident, which left at least 23 people injured, according to the statement.
Prosecutors said that the engineer, the driver of the train, would be detained for four days while the investigation continues.
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This was the last train accident in Egypt, where railway accidents kill many lives every year.
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After a series of deadly accidents in recent years, the government embarked on an ambitious plan to modernize the country’s rail system, which has a long history of mismanagement and poor maintenance.