Train Slams Into Egyptian School Bus Killing at Least 49 Children

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Egyptian trainAt least 49 kindergarten children in Egypt are dead this morning after a train slammed into their school bus while they were en route to school. The accident happened in al-Mandara village in the Manfaloot district.

The bus was carrying more than 50 children between the ages of 4 and 6, and so far, at least 49 have been reported dead, and between 7 and 11 kids were injured and some of them have severed limbs.

And we can only begin to imagine the absolute horror of this scene, as witnesses are reporting children's books, school bags, clothing, and belongings scattered among the wreckage -- and based on the severity of the accident, it's hard to fathom the level of macabre people are seeing.

If those images aren't heartbreaking enough, parents have arrived at the scene of the accident searching in agony for their children -- and likely wondering how something as routine as putting them on the school bus can result in such unimaginable tragedy.

So, how exactly did the collision happen? Well, from what has been reported so far, it looks as though the railroad crossing was not closed, so the driver likely had no warning that a speeding train was headed straight for the bus.

An eyewitness also reports that the train pushed the bus along the tracks for almost a kilometer. What an absolutely gut-wrenching thing to see -- all while knowing there is nothing you can do to help.

My heart and prayers go out to those poor children and their grieving parents -- the devastation they must be feeling right now is something no one should ever have to go through.

What words of sympathy would you offer to these people?


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linzemae linzemae

You make it sound like it was the trains fault. The bus should not have been on the tracks! It's not that hard to see a train coming

cmjaz cmjaz

OMG. This makes my stomach hurt. And my heart hurt.

Tendr... TendrelovinMaMa

Those poor children...grow a soul lizmae stop complaining about details. I pray those babies may rest in peace. And those families find some sort of peace as Well.

marci... marcie1455

So... Unimaginable!  My heart is broken for those poor little innocent angels.  God Bless Them and give their parents strength to make it through! 


nonmember avatar melissa

This is why american buses stop at every railroad crossing.

Dagny Fitzwater

As a former bus driver, I HAD to stop at every single railraod tracks (even if they were not active).  I had to stop at them, turn on my red crossing lights, open my door, turn off my radio, make the kids be quiet, look both ways TWICE and then proceed across.  

I understand that bus driver training isn't as good as the kind I had but I would think the driver would have had some common sense about crossing the tracks.

linzemae linzemae

I do have a soul, there are rules for crossing a train track for a reason! My husband works for bnsf and he watches people violate them all the time and then everyone wants to blame the conductor. Trains can't stop on a dime! It's horrible that so many kids lost their lives because the bus driver was too careless.

nonmember avatar Megan

This is horrible. My heart hurts, what a waste of precious life and such a far reaching tragedy.

Maggie Kolb

Oh those poor children. I can't imagine the devastation that village must be feeling.  Everyone must be affected in some way.

Chris... ChristySelder

CNN said the rails weren't down. Regardless of that, the bus driver has the responsibility of being aware of their surroundings and bent cautious. They were not n this case it seems. One dad that lost three children said, "I had not seen them in the morning before they went to school because I was at work. I have to accept God's decision," he said. "Their destiny was written before they were born. They were all studying the Quran and recited many verses to me. Maybe I will see them in heaven." Prayers for the children, their families, and all those affected by this. 

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