Assiut citizens avoid fresh railway catastrophe

The Mandara railway crossing in Assiut was almost the site of another crash Tuesday when a train passed suddenly without a signal, as is said to have happened on Saturday, when over 50 school children were killed after their bus collided with a train at the same spot.  

The worker monitoring the Upper Egyptian crossing Tuesday was shocked by the train, and pedestrians ran off the railway in a panic.

A policeman said he had submitted a report of the incident to the railway authority.

Transportation Minister Mohamed Rashad al-Matiny resigned after sharp criticism of the Egyptian government and the performance of the Egyptian National Railway Authority following Saturday’s incident.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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