Ahmed Samir, the young man who survived after jumping off the train with his friend as they were allegedly compelled by the collector to do so as they could not buy tickets and would be arrested, when he was being interrogated by the Public Prosecution o
CAIRO - 29 October 2019: Videos of passengers on a train talking about two young men who were allegedly compelled to jump off went viral on social media on Monday as one of them died.
The young men boarded the train from Alexandria without buying tickets so they had to either pay the value of the tickets and fines or get arrested. Claims alleging a collector forced them to jump circulated on social media.
Ahmed Samir, the man who survived, told the Public Prosecution that the collector asked them to either pay, get arrested, or jump off. He added that they did not have enough money to purchase tickets so they jumped after the collector yelled at them and opened the door for them to get off. Samir said that his friend, Mohamed Eid, jumped off and died immediately and that he succeeded to get off over the quay, however, he fell over and got bruised.
On the other hand, Magdy Hamam, the collector, told the Public Prosecution that he found the young men standing in the middle of the first class railcar amidst chaos. He added that they abstained from purchasing tickets in a rude manner so he told them that they will be arrested if they do not pay; they jumped to flee. They jumped when the train was entering Dafra Village in Tanta, the capital city of Gharbia governorate. Hamam denied he forced them to jump.
The prosecution charged the collector of “deliberate murder,” and ordered imprisoning him for four days pending investigation. He will also be subjected to a drug test.
The prosecution is also interrogating the train driver to know the speed at which the train was moving. According to a statement released by the Ministry of Transportation on Monday, the train slowed down at Dafra Station where they had jumped before the train stopped.
Brother of the dead man, Tamer Eid, said that Mohamed makes key holders and sells them in Al Moez Street in Old Cairo. Mohamed went on a holiday with his friends to Alexandria a week ago and finished all his money so he called the family on Sunday at 10 p.m. to inform them. They told him to take any means of transportation and that they would pay for him when he arrived.
Minister Kamel al-Wazir stated that the Railway Authority will pay the deceased’s family LE100,000 as compensation and the injured will get LE20,000.