FILE - Egypt's General Prosecutor Nabil Sadek FILE - Egypt's General Prosecutor Nabil Sadek

Sadek summons national railways top official over Ramses blaze

Mon, Mar. 4, 2019
CAIRO – 4 March 2019: Egypt's top Prosecutor Nabil Sadek summoned the chairman of the Egyptian National Railways as part of the state's investigation into the fatal blaze that took place in February in Ramses Railway Station, killing 20 people according to official reports.

The chairmanship of the Egyptian National Railways has been assumed by engineer Ashraf Raslan.

The Public Prosecution also delegated a committee of the Armed Forces Engineering Authority to examine the building damaged by the accident.

On Wednesday, a train, with no driver on board, was seen moving at an extremely high speed and crashing into the platform's buffer stop at Cairo's busiest and main railway station, located in Ramses district.

The collision caused the explosion of the fuel tank and triggered a huge blaze. Police ordered taking DNA samples from the dead to know their relatives.

According to the initial investigations, the driver of the crashed train locomotive is mainly responsible for the accident. The investigations are still being conducted by a six-member committee assigned by the General Prosecution.
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