47 children killed in Egypt as train hits bus

At least 47 children were killed today when their school bus was hit by a train on a level crossing in southern Egypt.

The crash happened as the bus, carrying around 50 children aged between four and six years old, crossed tracks near a village in Manfaloot district in the southern province of Assiut.

A security official said others are still missing. Distraught families rushed to the scene to search for the remains of their loved ones along the tracks.

It appeared that the rail crossing was not closed as the train sped toward it.

Egypt’s railway system has a poor safety record, mostly blamed on badly maintained equipment and poor management.

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