November 5, 2014 / 8:24 AM / 3 years ago

School bus crash in Egypt kills 16: state news

CAIRO (Reuters) - At least 16 people, mostly children, were killed on Wednesday when a school bus crashed into three other vehicles on a desert road in the Nile Delta north of Cairo, state television said.

Photos published online by privately-owned news outlets showed the bus engulfed in flames and later reduced to a charred metal frame, suggesting many of the victims were burned alive.

Eighteen people were also wounded in the crash and transported to hospital, a local health ministry official told Reuters.

Wednesday’s accident came less than a month after 30 people died in a bus crash in southern Egypt. Hundreds die and thousands are wounded every year in Egyptian road accidents, often caused by reckless driving and poor roads.

Reporting by Mahmoud Mourad and Ahmed Tolba; Writing by Stephen Kalin; Editing by Dominic Evans

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