Egyptian truck driver was stoned in deadly Beheira crash: Alexandria court

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din, Wednesday 26 Nov 2014

Truck driver gets 10 years hard labour and LE50,000 fine for driving under influence of hashish when he collided with a school bus, killing 18

Beheira Crash
A photo of the school bus after the accident on 5 November 2014 in Beheira (Photo: Al-Ahram)

The truck driver involved in a deadly crash in the Nile Delta governorate of Beheira earlier this month that killed 18 people was sentenced to 10 years in prison with hard labor and a fine of LE50,000 for driving under the influence of hashish.

The crash took place in early November when a bus carrying students from Kafr Al-Dawar's Al-Orman Hotel and Tourism school collided with a truck carrying wheat on the Alexandria agricultural road near the town of Abu Hummus.

Prosecutor's investigations blamed high speeds and reckless driving for the accident.

Both the truck driver and school bus driver have been charged with involuntary manslaughter. A ruling on these charges from the Alexandria criminal court has been postponed to 9 December.

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

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.


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