Surprises with the investigations of the Dakahlia train accident

The investigations reached an initial conception of the occurrence of the accident, which is the exit of the fifth and sixth carriages from train No. 339 heading from Cairo to me Dakahlia Governorate About eighty meters from the tracks, before arriving at a railway station Minia al-Qamh; This was because the train exceeded the set speed, which is 8 kilometers per hour, in the area of ​​ongoing repair and development work in the area between the Benha and Minya Al-Qamh stations, which resulted in the injury of 14 passengers, and one of the workers in the repairs.

Investigations revealed that repairs and development work had started in that area as of March 16, 2021, and that the driver of train 339 used to pass through it, as his last passage was on April 5, 2021.

And that in spite of the commitment “Banha station headmasterThe train driver must deliver a form – 67 traffic – indicating the areas in which the speed must be slowed and the speeds determined by it, including the obligation to pass through the aforementioned repair area at a speed not exceeding 8 kilometers per hour, but he did not present it to a driver the train On the day of the accident, if he stopped at the station wharf, when the “superintendent of the Benha station” admitted in the investigations that the train driver had not delivered the above-mentioned model or warned him of the necessity of calm during his passage through that area.

The “Public Prosecution” from Benha station seized this form signed by signatures attributed to the “train driver assistant” and “station superintendent” in an attempt to prevent the station from breaching its responsibility to notify and warn the driver. “In the investigations, they did not sign the form, and a report was proven.”Counterfeiting and Forgery Research Department Interest Forensic MedicineThe inaccuracy of the signatures attributed to them in it.

The investigations found that despite the placement of a pillar called (the danger disk) before the repair area obliges the train drivers to stop there to board the train, an employee called “El Madawy” who instructs the train driver how to pass cautiously in that area, but the aforementioned “El Madawy” was not present at the time of the accident He also admitted that in the investigations, in addition to the failure of the train driver to stop at this pole and not to abide by the requirements of the regulations in the event of the absence of the “El-Maadawi” to seek the assistance of the “train supervisor” to guide him while passing through the repair area, and the Public Prosecution verified by inspecting the location of the accident of the presence of This column is in place.

The “train driver” admitted during the investigations that he did not operate the automatic brake and control ATC on the train throughout the trip and at the time of the accident, citing instructions issued by “The National Authority for Egyptian Railways”The necessity to shut down this device in the areas of calm, which include the areas of reform and development and others, to avoid delaying the arrival dates of trains.

The Director General of Operation on the Network in Zagazig testified in the investigations that no written instructions had been issued by the National Authority for Egyptian Railways to date regarding the necessity of operating this device, contrary to the instructions issued in advance on 8-11-2020, permitting its suspension in the disengagement areas, including the areas of reform and development, Investigations have revealed that this device will automatically control the speed of the train while it is running through the repair and development areas, due to the presence of devices along the railroad tracks in those areas linked to this device with electrical signals that reduce the speed.

The prosecution revealed that all these errors had resulted in the train passing through the aforementioned repair and development area at a speed that exceeded the prescribed speed, which led to the two cars leaving the train from the tracks and the accident occurred, and the prosecution continues to complete the investigations.
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