CAIRO: A driver was arrested after he allegedly crashing into a nursery school bus Sunday in Beheira governorate, killing a five-year old girl and injuring nine other children, Youm7 reported Monday.
The accused man, Mohamed Moussa, was ordered to detention for four days pending investigations and will be referred to an urgent criminal trial, Youm7 quoted the Damanhur prosecution.
Moussa was arrested along with the bus driver Osama Antar, after both fled their vehicles following the accident. Antar was released hours after.
Moussa reportedly crashed into the back of the bus, causing it to flip over due to bad weather and heavy rains witnessed in the coastal governorate Sunday, Youm7 reported.
Nour Sherif, 5, was killed, and nine other children whose ages range from three to six years old were injured.
The kindergarten contracting with the bus has since been shuttered over licensing issues.
Road accidents in Egypt have frequently caused the death of thousands of people every year.
A total of 6,916 car accidents took place during the first half of 2015, with an increase of 3.5 percent compared to 6,685 in the same period last year, according to a recent bulletin by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS.)
Although transport experts blame the crashes on the “lack of safety measures” at Egyptian roads, official reports signal “human error” as a major factor.
Egypt has recently been escalating measures to monitor road safety, through applying random drug-test to drivers, checking on car licenses, building new roads and renewing old ones as part of a national road project.