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Prison for 2 Egyptians over train crash killing 52

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MAMDOUH THABET | June 29, 2013 09:49 AM EST | AP


ASSUIT, Egypt — An Egyptian court has sentenced two railway workers to ten years in prison over a train crash that killed 52 people when a bus full of schoolchildren was hit last year.

The court, in the southern city of Assiut, found Sayed Radwan and Hussein Abdel Rahman guilty of manslaughter and endangerment of public transport on Saturday. It sentenced each to 10 years prison and a fine of about $14,000.

Last November, the speeding train crashed into a bus carrying Egyptian children to their kindergarten. The crash led to local protests and accusations from outraged Egyptians that President Mohammed Morsi was failing to respond to demands for basic rights made in the 2011 uprising.