47 school children killed in Egypt road crash

47 school children killed in Egypt road crash
Cairo: At least 47 school children were killed after a train collided with a bus carrying kindergarteners to their school in southern Egypt on Saturday, a security official said.

The official said the crash occurred as the bus crossed tracks near a village in Manfaloot district in the southern province of Assiut. He says others are still missing. Distraught families are searching for the remains of their loved ones along the tracks.

The official says it appears that the railroad crossing was not closed as the train sped toward it. He was speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

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