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Reckless driving caused 18 deaths in school bus crash in Egypt's Beheira: Officials

The government announces humanitarian assistance for the victims of the deadly collision that was caused by reckless driving

Ahram Online, Wednesday 5 Nov 2014
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A photo for the bus after the accident (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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The governor of Beheira Mostafa Hadhoud said that the bodies of the dead in this morning's school bus crash have been charred, reported Ahram Arabic news website.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian army sent a medically-equipped plane to the area to attend to the victims needs.

At least eighteen people were killed and 18 injured on Wednesday morning when a school bus hit a truck in Beheira governorate in the Nile Delta, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.

Ministry of Social Solidarity has set LE10,000 thousand for each family of a deceased victim and LE4,000 for each family of an injured victim as temporary "humanitarian assistance" and not compensation.

On Wednesday morning, a school bus carrying students from Kafr El-Dawar's Al-Orman Hotel and Tourism high school, a private vehicle and a truck carrying wheat collided on the Alexandria agricultural road near Abu Hummus town.

The authority of roads and bridges said on Wednesday afternoon the chain of collisions was triggered by a speeding truck carrying sand and bricks.

Also on Wednesday, a truck collided with a tour bus in Kafr Al-Zayat in the central Nile Delta, setting the bus on fire and leaving two dead and 18 injured.

Road accidents are recurrent across Egypt due to lack of road maintenance and loosely implemented traffic laws.

On Sunday, 10 Sohag University students, in Upper Egypt, died in an accident on Kawamel road.

A recent government report said that 100,000 car accidents took place in Egypt from 2008 to 2012, with 33,000 killed and another 150,000 injured.

In 2012, a major school bus incident, that crashed with a train, killed over 50 students in Upper Egypt’s Assiut sparking anger nationwide.

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doreen Healey
05-11-2014 05:58pm
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a lot of these accidents are caused by reckless driving and not because of the bad roads. I recently stopped at a check point and asked the police to speak to the coach driver behind me as he was driving so close to the back of my car. If I had used my brakes suddenly he would surely have crashed into the back of me. We set off from the check point and the bus was held for some time, however, as soon as it was back on the road it caught up and over took me. I accelerated to keep up with the bus just to check the spread he was doing and it was 120 kilometers an hour. Already we had passed two burned out coaches on the road from Sharm El Sheikh to El Tour. These drivers are responsible for the lives of around 40 passengers so they should be made to slow down and drive with caution. Machines can be fitted to these coaches to to enable the coach company to see the maximum speed which has been reached during a journey. If the driver has exceeded the speed limit then fines could be enforced
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