Egypt's railway system has a history of badly maintained equipment and poor management.

Egypt man dies after official ‘forced’ him off moving train

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Egypt's railway system has a history of badly maintained equipment and poor management.
Egypt’s railway system has a history of badly maintained equipment and poor management. Photo: AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty/ PA Wire

A train conductor in Egypt has been arrested following the death of one man and life-changing injuries of another near the Nile Delta city of Tanta on Monday.

The man who died, named by local media as Mohamed Eid, reportedly jumped from a moving train with a second man, Ahmed Mohamed, when the pair were unable to pay a fine of 70 Egyptian pounds (£3.38) for travelling without a ticket.

There have also been calls on social media for the resignation of transportation minister Kamel el-Wazir. The other youth who was forced to jump from the train was injured.

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Railway authorities said the conductor had demanded the youths “pay tickets but they refused”, after which he opened a carriage door for them to jump out.

The conductor remains in custody pending an investigation.

Egypt’s railway system has a history of badly maintained equipment and poor management. Latest official figures show that 1,793 train accidents took place across the country in 2017.

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The deadliest train crash occurred in 2002 when more than 300 people died after a fire erupted on a train travelling from Cairo to southern Egypt.

In February, at least 25 people were killed when an unmanned locomotive slammed into a barrier inside a busy Cairo station.

That accident led to the resignation of transportation minister Hisham Arafar and the appointment of Mr el-Waizir, a career army officer.

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On Tuesday, at least four people were killed and four others were injured when a minibus crashed into a train in the southern city of Luxor, rail officials said.


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