General Prosecutor Nabil Sadek ordered on Thursday that the driver of the crashed train in Al-Ayyat be detained for four days pending investigations.
The driver is accused of killing 5 people and injuring 31 more, as well as attempting to kill the other passengers on board the train.
The train was heading to Aswan from Cairo, it crashed on Wednesday after three of the train’s carriages ran off the rails–they were derailed and flipped over.
Medhat Shousha, chief of the Railway Authority, told Daily News Egypt on Wednesday that the cause of the accident is still unknown. “A set of measures will be undertaken by the authority when investigations are complete in order to prevent further accidents,” he said.