Head of Egyptian railway authority sacked
Train crash in Giza, Youm7 archive.

CAIRO: The head of the Egyptian National Railways (ENR) has been fired, Youm7 reported Thursday.

Engineer Medhat Shousha was nominated to take the post; announced Transport Minister Saad el Geyoushy, but gave no explanation for the move. According to a ministerial decree, the new head of the ENR will take office starting from Saturday.

The decision came less than a month after at least 70 people were injured when a train derailed after crashing into a concrete barrier in Upper Egypt’s governorate of Beni Suef on Feb. 11.

Following the crash, Geoushy said he would evaluate the performance of ENR senior officials and might restructure the authority. Geoushy also revealed the ministry’s “urgent and sustainable plan,” which focuses on training ENR employees, to raise the efficiency of Egypt’s 165-year-old railway system and curb train accidents accordingly.

Al Ahram quoted official statistics saying that the rail and road accidents claimed more than 2,250 lives in 2015.

Egypt’s worst train accident occurred in Feb. 2002 when a train caught fire and claimed the lives of 363 people.

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