868 illegal rail crossings closed to prevent accidents: Minister aide
Assistant Interior Minister for Transport Mohamed Youssef during his tour on Feb.18, 2016 at metro and railway stations. Photo by Khaled Kamel/Youm7
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CAIRO: A total of 868 illegal crossings across the country have been closed in a bid by the government to curb series of accidents that take place on railways, Youm7 reported Thursday.

The crossings, which have not been functioning properly, were closed amid coordination between different governorates, Assistant Interior Minister for Transport Mohamed Youssef told Youm7 during a Thursday inspection tour at metro and railway stations.

Surveillance cameras showing railway stations on Feb. 18, 2016 - Photo by Khaled Kamel/Youm7

Surveillance cameras showing railway stations on Feb. 18, 2016 – Photo by Khaled Kamel/Youm7

 

Assistant Interior Minister for Transport Mohamed Youssef during his tour on Feb.18, 2016 at metro and railway stations. Photo by Khaled Kamel/Youm7

Assistant Interior Minister for Transport Mohamed Youssef during his tour on Feb.18, 2016 at metro and railway stations. Photo by Khaled Kamel/Youm7

A number of similar accidents have occurred in recent years with a high death toll due to vehicles attempting to cross the railway at unofficial points, or because of level crossings not functioning properly.

Three were injured in a train-tractor collision on Feb. 15 after a tractor crossed at an illegal crossing. On Feb.2, a truck driver and a passenger were killed after a truck collided with a locomotive at a level crossing in Menoufia.

During his tour, Youssef also stated that surveillance cameras will be installed at all railway stations like subways, saying that they achieve security control and have recently enabled authorities to arrest a number of defendants, as quoted by Youm7.

Additional reporting by Mahmoud Abdel Rady 

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