Recent accident near Cairo
Photo: Recent accident near Cairo (Representational picture)Reuters

On Wednesday morning, 18 people were killed and 18 others were injured when a school bus rammed into a truck in Beheira governorate, Nile Delta area, before an impending explosion.

The school bus collided with a truck carrying wood on the Alexandria agricultural road near Abu Hummus town, local publication Al-Ahram reports.

The website cited the deputy to the minister of interior for transportation as saying that the bus driver had initially attempted to dodge a car only to hit another vehicle and the truck, which resulted into an explosion of its gas tank.

However, a senior police official in Beheira told the publication that the collision took place after the truck rammed into the bus.

This comes after another truck collided with a tour bus on Wednesday in Kafr Al-Zayat in the central Nile Delta area, setting the bus on fire and leaving two dead and 18 injured, the local publication reported, adding that road accidents occur frequently across Egypt due to the bad condition of the road and loosely implemented traffic laws.

In another deadly accident on Sunday, 10 students from Sohag University died in Upper Egypt.

Egypt has seen over 100,000 accidents from 2008 till 2012 killing 33,000 and injuring 150,000 others, according to a government report.