CAIRO: A train driver has been blamed for speeding that led to a Sunday collision with a mini-truck, killing at least seven in Giza, according to investigations published on Youm7.
The level crossing of Belida village was open while the train was crossing. Meanwhile, the mini-truck driver failed to see the train because of heavy fog, according to Youm7.
The officer of the level crossing has been arrested over dereliction of duty, Youm7 reported. However, an official source at the Egyptian National Railways (ENR) told Youm7 that the crossing was out of service at the time of the accident.
In March 2015, a train collided with a school bus in Cairo-Ismailia desert road, leaving seven deaths, including children.
The number of fatalities in train accidents has increased during 2015 by 200 percent from 14 to 42, according to a report by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS.)
Most accidents were reported due to vehicles attempting to cross the railway from illegal crossings, or because of level crossings not functioning properly.
Renovation of railway crossings is set to be one of the topics to be discussed Wednesday during the Cabinet’s weekly meeting.
Spokesperson for the Transport Minister Ahmed Ibrahim said Tuesday that the entire railway system in Egypt needs a complete restructure that will take at least four years.
Only 118 crossing have been fully renewed out of 1,332 across the country, despite millions of pounds paid by the previous governments for this purpose, Ibrahim was quoted Monday by Al-Shorouq newspaper.
In 2014, former Transport Minister Ibrahim el-Demeiry announced that the developing of some 800 crossings would be accomplished within six months, with the cost of 4.7 billion EGP, according to the newspaper.