CAIRO (Sputnik) — The minister made this statement at a press conference held at cabinet ministers' meeting. According to Arafat, the government will pay special attention to the development of transport industry and raising qualification of its employees.
Earlier in the day, eight railway officials were suspended, while prosecutors in Alexandria have ordered the 15-day detention of the drivers of the two trains, according to local media.
According to local authorities, a mistake by the operator of a semaphore caused the accident. Egypt's Prosecutor-General Nabil Sadiq ordered an urgent investigation into the collision.
There have been a number of mass casualty train accidents in Egypt in recent years mainly due to the poor condition of transport infrastructure. In 2013, a train derailment in Giza killed 19 people, while in 2012, a train collision with a school bus in the city of Manfalut killed 51 people, mostly children.
According to World Health Organization, Egypt annually losses about 12,000 lives due to road traffic crashes.