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Second fatal train crash this week

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Train collies with taxi in Ard Al-Lewa in Giza while Egypt still reeling from Badrashein train crash

Ard Al Lewa train crash (Photo by Ahmed ElMalky/DNE)

Ard Al Lewa train crash (Photo by Ahmed ElMalky/DNE)

A train has collided with a taxi in Ard Al-Lewa in Giza leaving at least four dead, making it Egypt’s second fatal railways incident this week.

The taxi driver first disobeyed crossing signals and then drove down the train tracks, state- run MENA reported. The taxi’s tyre became stuck in the tracks and attempts to move the vehicle failed as a train approached. The speeding train could not stop in time to avoid the collision.

Angry citizens gathered at the railway in Ard Al-Lewa, demanding more attention be paid to railway infrastructure.

The crash followed another fatal incident in Badrashein that occurred shortly before midnight on Monday and left 19 dead and over 100 injured.

Last November, a train that collided with a school bus in Assiut left around 50 children dead.

The Minister of Transportation Hatem Abdel Latif said of 80-85% of all railcars in Egypt were too old to be safely used. He added that the problem has to do with maintenance and the need to reduce human error of those working the railways.

 

 

 

  • Peter Nobel

    His Excellency is fairly right to say that, but that does not help; shopping new train cars is expensive and a lengthy process. Perhaps it is a solutution to beg at some of Europe’s still state-owned railways companies for helping out with their old trains for a pocket money instead of scrapping them, knwowing that that old cars is usually excellently maintained and highly servicabe for years again, and only dropped out for modern amnitities as AC and autoomatic doors, and eventually higher speeds than 140 km/h; thanks to the fact that the Egyptian Railways operate on standard width rails like most of European. During that period, one of the state-owned industries that are able to do maintenance on aircraft engines and such high-tech should be able to manufacture train cars at competitive costs and so making jobs in Egypt.

    Peter


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