50 children die in Egyptian bus tragedy
Egyptian officials say that 50 children have died in a bus accident, after their transport vehicle was hit by a train in central region of the country.

The crash took place near Manfalut, around 350 kilometers from the capital Cairo, and promoted the resignation of the countries transport minister.

The children aged between four and six years old were on their way to school, when the accident happened, which also killed the driver of the bus, leaving dozens more wounded.

Eye witness accounts say that the train slammed into bus, dragging it for 1 kilometre along the track before coming to a halt.

According to the provincial governor, the local official in charge of the rail crossing was asleep when the incident occurred, and has subsequently been arrested

In the aftermath of the accident, the countries railway authority chief as also tendered his resignation.

Egyptian President, Mohammed Mursi, has ordered his cabinet to give support to the bereaved families, as they continue to search for the remains of their children along the railway line.

Egypt's road and rail transport has a poor safety record, with some 8000 people being killed in accidents every year.
Last Modified: 2012-11-19 12:00:01
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