Officer of Giza train level crossing released in accident that killed 7
Residents gathering after a collision between a mini-truck and a train Sunday, Jan.31, 2016, leaving at least seven killed. Photo by Khaled Kamel/Youm7.

CAIRO: The officer of a level crossing in Giza was released after investigations found he was innocent of dereliction of duty and manslaughter over a train accident, Youm7 reported Thursday.

The officer was arrested early in February along with the train driver after the vehicle collided with a mini-truck at a level crossing in Ayyat town of Giza, killing seven people.

Meanwhile, the dispatcher of the control tower remains in custody as he did not give signals to the train driver and was not at the site when the accident occurred.  .

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.

The police closed hundreds of informal level crossings after the accident, but such measure was taken after a March 2015 accident, where a train collided with a school bus on Cairo-Ismailia desert road, leaving seven deaths. Citizens often reopen the informal crossings as means to create shortcuts.

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