Egypt Court extends remand of 6 people over deadly train crash
Cairo, March 2, 2019 (dpa/NNN) An Egyptian Judge ordered six people to be remanded in custody for a further 15 days, pending investigations into a deadly crash at Cairo’s main train station.
The move comes as the six admitted to negligence on Saturday.
On Thursday, Egypt’s prosecutor general ordered the six, including the driver of the locomotive that caused the crash, be held in custody for four days.
Saturday’s order extends their detention.
A speeding locomotive rammed into the concrete buffers of the platform on Wednesday, causing a powerful explosion and a fire.
At least 22 people were killed and 12 others were wounded.
Several of the dead were charred beyond recognition.
The accident prompted the country’s transport minister, Hisham Arafat, to resign.
Egypt has seen several railway tragedies in recent years.
The worst rail disaster took place in 2002, when a passenger train caught fire, killing over 360 people. (dpa/NNN)
Edited by Abigael Joshua/Ifeyinwa Omowole
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