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Egypt buries first victims of rail disaster as train traffic resumes

Egypt on Saturday buried the first victims of a train collision that left at least 19 people dead and 185 injured in the south of the country, where an investigation has been launched to determine the circumstances of the tragedy.

Captured footage showed a violent collision in which one car was thrown into the air in a huge cloud of dust. The disaster occurred in the village of al-Sawamaa Gharb, 460 km south of Cairo. The overturned wagons and debris were completely cleared from the tracks on Saturday and rail traffic resumed, an AFP journalist noted.

The authorities initially reported 32 dead and 165 injured before lowering the death toll on Saturday to 19 dead and 185 injured. According to local media, both train drivers died. Prosecutor general said, as part of the investigation launched by Egypt’s prosecutor general, the drivers’ assistants, the control tower employee and the crossing operator are to be questioned and tested for drugs, and their mobile phones have been seized to examine their recent call records.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi has promised punishment for those responsible for the tragedy.

Sisanda Mpiti.

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