Death Toll for School Bus Crash Rises to 18

The death toll for a school bus crash which occurred on an agricultural road in Beheira early Wednesday rose to 18, Beheira Governor Mostafa Hadhood said.

The school bus crashed into two trucks and a private vehicle on the Cairo-Alexandria Agricultural Road, causing fire on the road. The crash left 17 others injured, the governor added.

A health ministry source told Aswat Masriya that the bodies of most victims were completely charred, making it difficult to identify them.

Defence Minister Sedki Sobhi ordered three medically-equipped aircrafts to fly to the scene of the crash and help the victims.

Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb and Health Minister Adel al-Adawi headed to the scene of the accident, according to a cabinet statement. Mehleb vowed that there will be a “firm stand” with “undisciplined” truck drivers.

Road accidents are a common occurrence in Egypt, being among the prime causes of death in the Arab world’s most populous country.

According to a report released by the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS) in June, the number of car accidents occurring in Egypt in 2013 rose by 0.4 percent when compared to the 2012 figure.

This is the second deadly road accident to take place in Egypt this week.

A microbus carrying university students crashed into a truck in Sohag on Sunday, leaving at least 10 female students killed.

Source : Aswat Masriya