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Saudi king sacks railways boss after crash

Chief of railways organisation relieved of role days after spectacular passenger train derailing

Saudi king sacks railways boss after crash
The king of Saudi Arabia has sacked the head of the Saudi Railways Organisation.

The king of Saudi Arabia has
sacked the head of the Saudi Railways Organisation, just days after a train
carrying 332 passengers derailed en route from Dammam to Riyadh, according to
Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

“The Custodian of the Two Holy
Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud issued today a royal order
relieving Eng Abdulaziz bin Mohammed Al-Hokail, General President of Saudi
Railways Organisation, from his post,” it was announced by the SPA on Sunday.

“The Royal Order instructed the
concerned authorities to carry out the order with immediate effect,” it added.

The move comes just days after it
was announced Saudi Railways had suspended trains between Riyadh and Dammam
indefinitely while an investigation was conducted into the derailing of a train
on June 29.

there were no fatalities, injuries to passengers and crew were reported.

In a statement issued by Saudi
Railways Organisation, acting director of the Organisation's Public Relations
Department, Mohammed Yasin Bo Hulaiqah, said that the train's locomotive
and three carriages turned over.

He added that all passengers were
transferred to a modern train and they arrived at Riyadh station, except for
one injured passenger suffering from bruises, who was transferred by an air
ambulance to a hospital in Riyadh.

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Abdulrauf...Riyadh 7 years ago

Salute to King Abdullah.. Really he is a role Model to entire humanity..