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

Ahram Online, Wednesday 5 Nov 2014

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

A photo for the bus after the accident (Photo: Al-Ahram)

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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