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.
While 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.