CAIRO – The Egyptian police said on Wednesday in Cairo that a bus ferrying students burst into flames in northern Egypt on Wednesday after crashing into other vehicles, killing 17 students and leaving 18 injured.
The police spokesperson said students from a tourism training college were on the bus which was involved in a multi-vehicle pile-up, near Abu Hims in Buheira province.
He said that investigation had commenced as the cause of the accident was not immediately known.
He said also that 11 students from Sohaj University in southern Egypt were killed in a similar accident on Sunday.
Road accidents are relatively common in Egypt and have often been blamed on poor driving and bad infrastructure.
Each year, nearly 13,000 people are killed and 60,000 are injured on the country’s roads, according to official figures. (dpa/NAN)