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Train, Bus Collision in Egypt Kills Scores of School Children

VOA Breaking News
Voice of America
November 17, 2012 at 4:25 am


Egyptian officials say a train has collided with a school bus, killing some 40 young children.

Officials say the accident occurred Saturday about 300 kilometers south of Cairo near the village of Manfalut in Egypt's southern Assiut province.

The bus was filled with about 50 children between the ages of four and six when it was hit by a train while crossing the tracks. Many of the survivors are said to be seriously hurt.

President Mohamed Morsi has ordered key ministers to offer assistance to the families of the victims.

Egypt's railway system has a poor safety record.

Train, Bus Collision in Egypt Kills Scores of School Children

VOA Breaking News
Voice of America
November 17, 2012 at 5:10 am


Egyptian officials say a train has collided with a school bus, killing scores of young children.

Officials say the accident occurred Saturday about 300 kilometers south of Cairo near the village of Manfalut in Egypt's southern Assiut province.

The bus was filled with about 60 children between the ages of four and six when it was hit by a train while crossing the tracks. Officials say 47 people were killed, nearly all of them children.

President Mohamed Morsi has ordered key ministers to offer assistance to the families of the victims.

Egypt's railway system has a poor safety record.

Train, Bus Collision in Egypt Kills Scores of School Children

VOA Breaking News
Voice of America
November 17, 2012 at 7:10 am


Egyptian officials say a speeding train has collided with a school bus, killing at least 49 people. Almost all of them were young children.

Officials say the accident occurred Saturday about 300 kilometers south of Cairo near the village of Manfalut in Egypt's southern Assiut province.

The bus was filled with more than 60 children between the ages of four and six when it was hit by a train while crossing the tracks. Officials say that along with the 49 deaths, another 18 people were injured.

The provincial governor says the railway crossing gate was open when the train hit the bus, and that the crossing worker was asleep at the time. He has been detained.

Transport Minister Mohamed Rashad resigned shortly after the accident was announced.

President Mohamed Morsi has ordered other key ministers to offer assistance to the families of the victims.

Egypt's railway system has a poor safety record.

Train, Bus Collision in Egypt Kills Scores of School Children

VOA News
November 17, 2012 at 7:21 am


Egyptian officials say a speeding train has collided with a school bus, killing at least 49 people. Almost all of them were young children.

Officials say the accident occurred Saturday about 300 kilometers south of Cairo near the village of Manfalut in Egypt's southern Assiut province.

The bus was filled with more than 60 children between the ages of four and six when it was hit by a train while crossing the tracks. Officials say that along with the 49 deaths, another 18 people were injured.

The provincial governor, Yahya Keshk, says the railway crossing gate was open when the train hit the bus, and that the crossing worker was asleep at the time. He has been detained.

Transport Minister Mohamed Rashad resigned shortly after the accident was announced.

President Mohamed Morsi has ordered other key ministers to offer assistance to the families of the victims.



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