51, mostly children, die in Egypt crash

Posted: November 18, 2012

ASSIUT, Egypt - A speeding train that crashed into a bus carrying Egyptian children to their kindergarten on Saturday killed 51 and prompted a wave of anger against a government under mounting pressure to rectify the former regime's legacy of neglect.

The crash, which killed children 4 to 6 years old and three adults, led to protests and accusations that President Mohammed Morsi is failing to deliver on the demands of last year's uprising for basic rights, dignity, and social justice.

The accident left a mangled shell of a bus twisted underneath the blood-splattered train outside Assiut, 200 miles south of Cairo.

Several hours after the accident, Morsi appeared on state television, promising an investigation and financial compensation for victims' families. His transport minister and the head of Egypt's railways resigned.

"Those responsible for this accident will be held accountable," Morsi said.

The response, his critics say, is too little too late. For months, transport workers have been complaining about poor management and poor working conditions.

comments powered by Disqus
|
|
|
|
|