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Putin sends condolences to Morsi over loss of life in road accident

November 17, 2012, 18:26 UTC+3
Forty-nine people were killed and 13 injured as a result of a school bus-train collision
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Photo EPA/ITAR-TASS

Photo EPA/ITAR-TASS

MOSCOW, November 17 (Itar-Tass) — President Vladimir Putin expressed his deepest condolences to President of the Arab Republic of Egypt Mohamed Morsi following the recent bus crash.

Dozens of people, both children and adults, were killed and injured in a bus crash near the city of Asyut, south of Cairo.

Forty-nine people were killed and 13 injured as a result of a school bus-train collision. There were 60 children aged four to six in the bus. They were going on an excursion. Forty-seven of them as well as the bus driver and the teacher died.

Morsi has ordered the government to provide necessary help and support to the families of those killed and injured and to carry out a thorough investigation of the accident.

Transport Minister Mohamed Rashad al-Matini has resigned following the tragedy. The head of the Egyptian railways followed suit.

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