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Egyptian train hits bus, 49 children dead

A speeding train crashed into a bus carrying children to a kindergarten in south Egypt yesterday, killing 49 children.

Distraught families searched for signs of their loved ones along the tracks and angry villagers berated officials in the aftermath of the latest disaster to hit the country's railway system.

The school bus was carrying more than 50 children, aged from four to six, when it was hit near al-Mandara village in the Manfaloot district in the province of Assiut, a security official said. He said it appeared that the railroad crossing was not closed.

Books, school bags and children's socks were strewn along the tracks near the blood-stained, mangled bus. Parents of the missing wailed as they looked for signs of their children. A reporter at the scene said many of the remains were unrecognisable.

Sunday Independent