A truck driver whose vehicle collided with a school bus in Beheira on Wednesday, killing 18 people, has tested positive for drugs, according to Egypt’s prosecution service.
Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported that the general prosecution is investigating the 25-year-old driver who was arrested on attempting to flee the accident site. He was detained for four days pending investigations and now he faces manslaughter and drug possession charges.
Prosecutor-general Hisham Barakat has said that defendants involved in the crash will be referred to a criminal trial.
The families of the deceased have also reportedly collected their relatives’ bodies for burial after tests were carried out.
On Wednesday, the Egyptian army sent a medically-equipped plane to the area to attend to the victims’ needs.
The social solidarity ministry has set aside LE10,000 for each family of a deceased victim and LE4,000 for each family of an injured victim as temporary "humanitarian assistance" and not legal compensation.