AFP
Last updated: 9 December, 2013

At least 13 killed as Egypt fuel tanker collides with mini-bus

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 November 18, 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.