Beni Suef train driver sentenced to 6 yrs in prison

CAIRO: A train driver was sentenced to six years in prison Thursday after the train crashed into a concrete fence in Beni Suef, Upper Egypt, and 71 passengers were injured, Youm7 reported.

Beni Suef Misdemeanor Court said Mohamed Hassan drove the train at 115 kilometers per hour in the storage area where regulations set the speed at less than 30 kilometers. The court’s ruling was based on the report of a railway technical committee.

The accident occurred Feb. 11; the train derailed and the locomotive and the front coach flipped over. Most of the injured passengers were only briefly hospitalized.

The prosecution had accused Hassan of sabotaging the train.

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