Saturday, April 30, 2011

40 Drown in Egypt ferry accident

About 17 passengers were killed when a minibus loaded with 32 people on their way to a funeral overturned in Egypt's Nile River, police officials said.
However, the government media MENA said 43 people had drowned but later changed it to 22.
The accident happened in Bani Suwayf province, which is around 110 kilometers (70 miles) south of Cairo, said BBC.
Five people are reported missing and ten passengers had survived.
Authorities told the AP that the vehicle's emergency brake was off that is why it slid off the ferry.
In another report, it was mentioned that the minibus fell off the ferry after it crashed into the shore.
Poor road maintenance and a lack of regulation make road accidents a common occurrence in Egypt.
Details of this report here.

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