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Dozens of children die in Egypt crash

2012-11-17 10:21

Cairo - Up to 40 schoolchildren were killed when a train crashed into their bus, which had crossed the tracks in a city south of Cairo on Saturday, the official state news agency and a doctor said.

While the official news agency said 40 children died, a doctor at a hospital in Assiut, near the crash site, said the death toll was 38, among them 37 children who were aged around 4 and 6.

"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 four children and two women were seriously injured in the accident in the city of Manfalut, near Assiut, which is about 300km south of the capital.

President Mohamed Mursi ordered his ministers to offer support to the families of those killed, the official news agency reported. Assiut governor, Yahya Keshk, ordered an enquiry.

Egypt's roads and railways have a poor safety record. Egyptians have complained successive governments have failed to enforce basic safety standards, leading to a string of deadly accidents.

Comments
  • PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-11-17 10:28

    How very sad. As though all the people in that region don't have enough to worry about right now. Siestog jinne.

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-17 11:02

    This is so tragic!! Isn't it sad that citizens constantly air their grievances about things that are not working on the ground to Govt, but Govt just ignore it cause they don't need to worry!!!. When tragedy strikes they only then realise something needs to be done...it happens here too the Govt don't listen to the people!!!! Nothing is priortity to them!!!!!

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-17 11:02

    This is so tragic!! Isn't it sad that citizens constantly air their grievances about things that are not working on the ground to Govt, but Govt just ignore it cause they don't need to worry!!!. When tragedy strikes they only then realise something needs to be done...it happens here too the Govt don't listen to the people!!!! Nothing is priority to them except looking after their own!!!

  • maselela - 2012-11-17 11:15

    This is not fair! What did they do to die like that

  • shireen.abbas - 2012-11-17 11:25

    So saD !!!! RiP little angelS !! Thoughts n prayers r with love ones

  • khabir.hoosen - 2012-11-17 11:33

    Just spoilt my whole day! I hope they went quickly and did not suffer!

  • justin.b.whittaker - 2012-11-17 11:49

    This is so sad.:(

  • thaven.naidoo.3 - 2012-11-17 12:03

    Sad

  • sylvia.shaw.7 - 2012-11-17 12:25

    Such a tragedy. When will bus drivers ever learn?

  • thabo.shaku - 2012-11-18 00:20

    I luv U so much I wanna burn you alive!

  • thabo.shaku - 2012-11-18 00:21

    Arrest the neighbour for so-called "common-purpose"!

  • nicolas.buthelezi - 2012-11-18 10:37

    this is worst tragedy ever, the minister of trasnport took good dicision to resign

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