CAIRO: Eighteen students burned to death and 18 others were injured as their school bus crashed into an oil tank truck in Beheira Governorate (Delta) Wednesday morning.
The truck stopped suddenly, causing the bus and three cars following to crash into it, and the bus caught on fire, a local Youm7 correspondent told The Cairo Post.
The bus from Orman High School was traveling from Beheira to Alexandria where the school headquarters are located.
Three persons are in critical condition, and have been transferred to the Damanhour Public hospital, Youm7 reported.
Military aircraft rushed to the scene of the accident to transport the injured and dead bodies, said military spokesperson Mohamed Samir in a press statement Wednesday.
Three days ago, 14 students were killed and other 7 were injured when a microbus they were in overturned on Kawamel Raod in Sohag. The students drowned in an irrigation canal.
The Minister of Higher Education al-Sayeed Abdel Khaleq decided to suspend the academic studies in Sohag University for four days following the accident.
The head of the General Authority for Roads, Bridges and Land Transport Saad al- Geoushy said in previous interview with Al-Masry Al-Youm that heavy truck drivers often do not abide by the rule of the road.
The total number of car accidents in Egypt in 2013 reached 15,578, and the year prior it was 15,516 accidents, according to an annual bulletin from the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) issued June 16.
An estimated 12,000 Egyptians die every year in automobile accidents, according to a 2012 report by the World Health Organization.