Transport Minister Kamel El-Wazir said on Monday that the buildings and workshops that hamper the Tebbin-Abbasia railway line will be demolished and their owners will be compensated, urging them to seek a safer residence.

His remarks came following a freight train crash with two minibuses carrying workers on Monday in Cairo’s Helwan district, killing two and injuring five others, according to El-Wazir.

Families residing along the Tebbin-Abbasia railway line will be counted from Tuesday morning, El-Wazir said in a telephone interview with the MBC Masr satellite channel.

El-Wazir noted that these houses near the railroad tracks were built illegally, with the minimum distance between the railroad tracks and the houses to be 15 meters.

The Minister expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the victims, wishing the injured a speedy recovery.

As a result of the crash, Egyptian National Railways said the minibuses stopped in a residential area crossed by the railroad tracks and the locomotive driver was unable to stop the train.

El-Wazir, in the telephone interview, said the train driver went to Tebbin police station after the crash and tested negative for drugs.

The Egyptian Attorney General has opened an urgent investigation into the accident.

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