50 dead in Egypt bus crash

50 people, mostly children, were killed when a train slammed into a school bus as it crossed rail tracks in Egypt on Saturday, according to Reuters.

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Morsi: Those responsible for train crash will be held accountable

A boy holds school bags recovered from the site of a train crash Credit: Stringer Egypt / Reuters

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has said that those responsible for a train crashing into a school bus near the city of Assiut will be held accountable.

Morsi appeared on state television, saying "those responsible for this accident will be held accountable", and promising financial compensation for victims' families.

The transport minister and head of Egypt's railways have resigned.

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Doctor: 'barriers open when bus crossed track'

Mohamed Samir, a doctor at Assiut hospital where the injured were taken, cited witness accounts when he said: "They told us the barriers were open when the bus crossed the tracks and the train collided with it."

Many of the dead bodies were severely mutilated, indicating the force of the crash, which took place in the city of Manfalut, near Assiut, about 300 km (190 miles) south of the capital.

Ahmed Youssef, a driver, said: "I saw the train collide with the bus and push it about one km (half a mile) along the track.

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Egypt crash children aged between four and eight

A senior security official near the crash site in Assiut said 44 of the dead were children, aged around four to eight.

Two women and a man, who was probably the bus driver, also died.

The state news agency said another 13 people were injured, while a medical source said as many as 28 were injured, 27 of them children.

There have been a string of accidents on Egypt's roads and railways, which have a poor safety record.

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