BADRASHEEN, Egypt — Egypt’s president pledged Tuesday to hold officials accountable for a deadly train wreck that fueled anger against Mohammed Morsi’s administration for failing to carry out reform and overhaul the nation’s deteriorating public services.
Nineteen Egyptian conscripts were killed and more than 100 others were injured early Tuesday 12 miles south of Cairo.
Part of the rear car rested by the side of the road. Its seats were stained with blood. Shoes and remains of the recruits’ clothes and food were scattered for several miles along the tracks.
‘‘My heart is bleeding for Egypt’s martyrs and the injured, and God willing, this accident will be the last to sadden Egypt and Egyptians,’’ Morsi said while visiting the injured at a military hospital in suburban Cairo, the same place where Egypt’s ousted president, Hosni Mubarak, is held.
The train was carrying some 1,300 new recruits of the Central Security Forces, an antiriot force made up of young draftees performing their required military service, usually drawn from the poorest and least educated. The conscripts are used as cannon fodder in crackdowns on protesters — and their lowly status is so well known that at times even protesters show sympathy for them.
They were coming to Cairo from impoverished Assiut Province in the south. Witnesses said the last carriage of the train jumped the tracks, smashed into another train, and then — still connected to its own train — was dragged for several miles.
The cause of the crash is still being investigated. A military helicopter hovered over the scene as Prime Minister Hesham Kandil inspected the damage.