Train Crash in Egypt Kills 19 Soldiers; Injures 109

Train Crash in Egypt Kills 19 Soldiers; Injures 109

News Jan 15, 2013

BADRASHEEN, Egypt (AP) — Egypt's president has visited survivors of Egypt's latest train wreck, which killed 19 soldiers and injured more than 100 others.

Mohammed Morsi pledged to hold officials accountable for the wreck. Witnesses said the last carriage of the train carrying more than 1,000 recruits disconnected, jumped the tracks and crashed into another train.

A military helicopter hovered over the scene Tuesday, 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of Cairo, and Prime Minister Hesham Kandil inspected the damage.

In office just six months, Morsi's government is already taking criticism over its handling of domestic affairs.

Train wrecks and other transportation disasters are common in Egypt because of outdated infrastructure, faulty maintenance and corruption.

The crash early Tuesday came two months after 50 children died when a train crushed their bus in southern Egypt.

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