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Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Qalyubia crash investigation rolls on

Four railway officials were detained yesterday as an investigation into this week’s Qalyubia train crash entered its third day, Masrawy reports. The report suggests the officials include the train conductor and his assistant, contradicting an earlier report that said the conductor had died in the crash. The incident killed at least 11 people and injured 98 after a train derailed in the city of Tukh.

El Wazir in parliament soon? Transport Minister Kamel El Wazir could be summoned to the House of Representatives to discuss the Qalyubia crash and the recent streak of railway accidents, after House Media Committee member Amal Salama submitted a request for the House to “hold the minister accountable,” according to Masrawy. Two other MPs — Amira Adly and Freddie Al Bayadi — have also submitted an “urgent memo” to inquire about the crash, but the memo does not necessarily mean the minister would be required to appear in the House, Adly told Kelma Akhira’s Lamees El Hadidi (watch, runtime: 8:39). El Wazir himself seems eager to address MPs on the incident and to discuss his ministry’s plan to overhaul the country’s railways, Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa noted (watch, runtime: 3:15).

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