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Sat Nov 17, 2012, 05:17 AM

Train ploughs into school bus in Egypt, 47 killed

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - Up to 47 people, mostly children, were killed when a train slammed into a school bus as it crossed tracks in a city south of Cairo on Saturday, state media and officials said.

A senior security official in Assiut, near the crash site, said 44 of the dead were children, aged around four to eight. Two women and a man, who was probably the bus driver, also died, he added.

The state news agency said another 13 people were injured. A medical source said as many as 28 were injured, 27 of them children.

Read more: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/11/17/uk-egypt-crash-idUKBRE8AG03T20121117

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Reply Train ploughs into school bus in Egypt, 47 killed (Original post)
dipsydoodle Nov 2012 OP
xchrom Nov 2012 #1
valerief Nov 2012 #2
JustABozoOnThisBus Nov 2012 #5
dipsydoodle Nov 2012 #7
valerief Nov 2012 #8
Marrah_G Nov 2012 #3
Glimmer of Hope Nov 2012 #4
Lefta Dissenter Nov 2012 #6
Chemisse Nov 2012 #9
Auntie Bush Nov 2012 #10
Faygo Kid Nov 2012 #11
luv_mykatz Nov 2012 #12

Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 05:25 AM

1. du rec. nt

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:57 AM

2. Why would a bus cross tracks when a train is approaching? nt

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Response to valerief (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 08:10 AM

5. Terrorism? Or malfunctioning signals?

Tragic, whatever the cause.

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Response to JustABozoOnThisBus (Reply #5)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 08:26 AM

7. Reports from witnesses say the barriers of the crossing were opened when the bus approached.

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Response to JustABozoOnThisBus (Reply #5)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 08:47 AM

8. Yes, but I don't understand why the driver wouldn't look both ways before proceeding.

I'm always cautious at crossings and don't trust signals. I would expect a bus driver to do the same.

That's why terrorism or mental illness (same thing?) seems more likely to me.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 08:04 AM

3. Such a huge tragedy

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 08:06 AM

4. How horrible!

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 08:25 AM

6. Terribly sad

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 08:50 AM

9. What a horrible tragedy.

My heart goes out to those poor parents who lost their precious little ones.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 01:16 PM

10. My God...What an awful tragedy. How horrible for all those families.

I'll bet many actually lost several children.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 03:43 PM

11. Now 49. Kids between 4 and 6.

I can't imagine. The poor kids, and their poor families. Words are inadequate.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 05:04 PM

12. The report says that the barrier gates were open when the bus crossed the tracks.

The man who was the attendant for the track crossing barriers was asleep, and has resigned. I guess Egypt doesn't have the crossing procedure required for school buses in the US? We are required by law to stop-look-and-listen at all RXR track crossings in the US. My state requires us to stop at all track crossings, even when no kids are on the bus. (And I have been screamed at by angry motorists, who are ignorant of the law on this requirement).

I think EVERYONE should have to stop-look-and-listen at railroad crossings...because the train can NOT swerve, and it can take a mile or more for them to stop, even with full emergency braking, depending on how fast they were going and how much weight they were hauling when they had to try to stop.

It is never worth it to try to 'beat out' a train at crossings.

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