Egypt's railway head resigns after deadly crash


Egypt's transportation minister Hesham Arafat accepted on Sunday the resignation of the head of the railway department Medhat Shoush following the deadly crash.

A witness said the trains rose into the air "forming a pyramid" as they slammed into each other just outside a suburban station in the Mediterranean port city.

Earlier on Sunday، an administrative prosecution suspended eight railway officials، while prosecutors in Alexandria have ordered the 15-day detention of the drivers of the two trains.

Transport Minister Hisham Arafat said "human error" led to the collision but did not elaborate.

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The officials requested anonymity as they were not authorized to brief reporters.

Egypt's railway system has a poor safety record, mostly blamed on decades of badly maintained equipment and poor management.

According to the state TV in latest reports about 157 have been confirmed injured after a train coming from Cairo and another coming from Port Said collided in the Khurshid area of Alexandria on Friday.

Egypt has seen several rail accidents in recent years, due largely to what critics describe as mismanagement and an antiquated infrastructure. In 2002, a massive fire engulfed a train filled with local holiday travellers.