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Egypt School Bus Crash Leaves Dozens Dead
Fifty people have been killed after a train collided with a bus in a city south of the Egyptian capital Cairo.
A senior security official in Assiut, near the crash site, said 48 of the dead were children, aged between four and eight.
One woman and a man, who was the bus driver, also died, he added.
The state news agency said another 15 people were injured. A medical source said as many as 28 were injured, 27 of them children.
"They told us the barriers were open when the bus crossed the tracks and the train collided with it," doctor Mohamed Samir said, citing witness accounts.
He said the bodies of many of those killed were severely mutilated, indicating the force of the crash, which took place in the city of Manfalut, near Assiut, some 190 miles south of the capital.
President Mohamed Mursi ordered his ministers to offer support to the families of those killed.
Transport Minister Mohamed Rashad offered his resignation, as has the head of the railways authority, and the governor of Assiut, Yahya Keshk, has ordered an inquiry.
Egypt's roads and railways have a poor safety record.
Egyptians have complained that successive governments have failed to enforce basic safety standards, leading to a string of deadly accidents.
Earlier this month, at least three Egyptians were killed and more than 30 injured in a train crash in Fayoum, another city south of Cairo.
In July, 15 people were injured in Giza, close to the capital, when a train derailed.
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RIP Very tragic xxxxxxxxxxxxx
So tragic. Sadly probably going to see a lot more poor kids killed when Israel smash Gaza again . Around 300 last time they went in in 2009 and a few more since. Well I suppose they see it as 300 less potential future terrorists
you are not wrong there fish41
Why do you bring that up
What a crass allegation and basis for mindlessly murdering children. Taken into consideration the horrendous things subjected to these poor kids and what they have to witness in the day-to-day lives. Absolutely disturbing that anyone thinks like this.
R.I.P little ones
Horrendous. Perhaps the rest of the world's horror and revulsion at this will spur someone into action. While those in charge can just resign and run away in the light of such news, though, I won't hold my breath.
We read of many wars and tragic events but reading of the death of children is particularly tragic. I'm so sorry.
So sad and tragic for all concerned . May the little ones rest in peace . My thoughts are with the families xxx