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12 killed in second Egypt road accident

Published on Nov 17, 2012 9:38 PM

CAIRO (AFP) - Twelve people were killed and three injured when a truck smashed into a minibus near the Egyptian capital on Saturday, police said, just hours after 47 nursery school children died in a road accident.

Officials said a speeding truck driving on the wrong side of the road crashed into a minibus carrying 15 passengers. The truck driver was arrested at the scene in the 6th October area, as rescue services worked to extract the bodies, police said.

The accident came hours after 47 young children and two other people were killed when a train ploughed into their bus in central Egypt after a railway signal operator fell asleep. The tragedy prompted angry protests and resignations.

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