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Prison sentences upheld for train workers in deadly 2012 crash

MANFALUT, Egypt, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- An Egyptian appeals court on Thursday upheld 10-year prison sentences for two railway workers convicted in a train crash that killed 47 children.

The workers were convicted in 2013 on manslaughter and negligence charges, Middle East Online reported.

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In addition to the jail time, both workers were ordered to pay $14,300 fines.

The crash, which sparked public outrage, happened in 2012 when a train hit a school bus on a railway crossing in Manfalut. A total of 52 people, including the 47 children ages 4 to 12, were killed in the incident and 16 people were injured.

Then President Mohamed Morsi was blamed by the media for not addressing Egypt's transportation problems before the collision.

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