ASSIUT, Egypt – A speeding train that crashed into a bus carrying Egyptian children to their kindergarten Saturday killed 51 and prompted a wave of anger against a government under mounting pressure to rectify the former regimes legacy of neglect.
The crash, which killed children between 4 and 6 years old and three adults, led to local protests and accusations from outraged Egyptians that President Mohammed Morsi is failing to deliver on the demands of last years uprising for basic rights, dignity and social justice.
The accident left behind a mangled shell of a bus twisted underneath the blood-splattered train outside the city of Assiut, some 200 miles south of Cairo. Childrens body parts, their books, schoolbags and tiny socks were strewn along the tracks.
A witness said the train pushed the bus along the tracks for nearly half a mile.
More than a dozen injured children were being treated in two different facilities, many with severed limbs and in critical condition.
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 Egypts railways resigned.
While many train accidents in Egypt are blamed on an outdated system that relies heavily on switch operators instead of automated signaling, the high death toll and fact that nearly all those killed were young children will likely give ammunition to Morsis critics who say he has done little to improve life for ordinary Egyptians.