Fireball after Egypt tanker hits mini-bus

2013-12-10 07:31
(Mamdouh Thabet, AP)

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Cairo - A truck carrying petrol in northern Egypt crashed into a mini-bus and exploded into a ball of fire on Monday, killing at least 13 people, security officials said.

The crash, which also left several passengers aboard the mini-bus injured, occurred on a bridge in the town of Kafra El-Zayat, south of the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, the officials said.

It was caused when a tyre on the truck burst and the vehicle rolled over before hitting the mini-bus and exploding, according to the officials.

The accident was the worst since a train ploughed into a mini-bus and a truck at a railway crossing on 18 November, killing 27 people.

Egyptians have long complained that the authorities have failed to deal with chronic transport problems, with both roads and train lines poorly maintained.

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