At least 49 Egyptian schoolchildren injured in crash

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A train crashed into a bus carrying Egyptian children to kindergarten in central Egypt on Saturday, killing at least 49, news sources report.

A security official said over 50 children between four and six years old were on board the bus when it was hit. This crash is Egypt's worst tragedy since the election of its first freely elected president, Mohammed Morsi, took office last summer, the Associated Press reported.

It appeared the railroad crossing was not closed as the train sped toward it, a security official said. A witness said the train pushed the bus along the tracks for nearly a kilometer (half a mile), the Associated Press reported.

The event will likely give ammunition to critics who say Morsi has done little to improve life for Egyptians, the Sunday Times reported.

An Associated Press reporter at the scene said many of the remains were unrecognizable, the Associated Press reported.

Two hospital officials said more than a dozen injured were being treated in two different facilities, many with severed limbs. They spoke anonymously, the Associated Press reported.

Transport Minister Rashad al-Metini has resigned in the wake of the tragedy and said he "accepts responsibility" for the accident. Morsi addressed the nation from his office in Cairo and said he has tasked the state prosecutor with investigating the crash, the Sunday Times reported.

"Those responsible for this accident will be held accountable," Morsi said, as the Associated Press reported.

The Muslim Brotherhood, Morsi's main support base, blamed the crash on a culture of negligence created by deposed leader Hosni Mubarak, the Associated Press reported.

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