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Egypt's president visits army train crash survivors, pledges accountability

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    Egyptians railway workers attempt to remove debris from tracks following a train crash in Badrasheen, 40 KM south of Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. At least 19 people died and more than 100 were injured when two railroad passenger cars derailed just south of Cairo, health officials say. The accident comes less than two weeks after a new transportation minister was appointed to overhaul the rail system, and just two months after a deadly collision between a train and school bus. (AP Photo/Ahmed Gomaa) (The Associated Press)

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    Egyptian railway workers remove wreckage at the site of a train accident in Badrasheen, 40 KM South Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. At least 19 people died and more than 100 were injured when two railroad passenger cars derailed just south of Cairo, health officials say. The accident comes less than two weeks after a new transportation minister was appointed to overhaul the rail system, and just two months after a deadly collision between a train and school bus. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil) (The Associated Press)

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    Egyptians railway workers and bystanders inspect wreckage following a train crash in Badrasheen, 40 KM south of Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. At least 19 people died and more than 100 were injured when two railroad passenger cars derailed just south of Cairo, health officials say. The accident comes less than two weeks after a new transportation minister was appointed to overhaul the rail system, and just two months after a deadly collision between a train and school bus. (AP Photo/Ahmed Gomaa) (The Associated Press)

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    Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Kandil pays a visit to the site of a train crash in Badrasheen, 40 KM south of Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. At least 19 people died and more than 100 were injured when two railroad passenger cars derailed just south of Cairo, health officials say. The accident comes less than two weeks after a new transportation minister was appointed to overhaul the rail system, and just two months after a deadly collision between a train and school bus. (AP Photo/Ahmed Gomaa) (The Associated Press)

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    Injured Egyptians are treated in a hospital following a train crash in Badrasheen, 40 KM south of Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. At least 19 people died and more than 100 were injured when two railroad passenger cars derailed just south of Cairo, health officials say. The accident comes less than two weeks after a new transportation minister was appointed to overhaul the rail system, and just two months after a deadly collision between a train and school bus. (AP Photo/Ahmed Gomaa) (The Associated Press)

Egypt's president has visited survivors of Egypt's latest train wreck, which killed 19 soldiers and injured more than 100 others.

Mohammed Morsi pledged to hold officials accountable for the wreck. Witnesses said the last carriage of the train carrying more than 1,000 recruits disconnected, jumped the tracks and crashed into another train.

A military helicopter hovered over the scene Tuesday, 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of Cairo, and Prime Minister Hesham Kandil inspected the damage.

In office just six months, Morsi's government is already taking criticism over its handling of domestic affairs.

Train wrecks and other transportation disasters are common in Egypt because of outdated infrastructure, faulty maintenance and corruption.

The crash early Tuesday came two months after 50 children died when a train crushed their bus in southern Egypt.