A bus plunged into a canal in Egypt’s Nile River Delta region on Saturday, killing at least 21 people, the country’s health ministry said.
Dr. Sherif Makeen, a Health Ministry official, said three children were among the dead.
In a statement, the ministry said the accident happened in Dakahlia province, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) northeast of the capital Cairo. Other injured passengers were taken to a local hospital.
The head of police investigations in the province, Brig. Mohamed Abdel Hadi, said the driver may have lost control of the vehicle’s steering wheel.
Fatal road accidents claim thousands of lives each year in Egypt, which has a poor record of transport safety. Crashes and collisions are mainly caused by speeding, bad roads or poor compliance with traffic laws.
In July, a passenger bus crashed into a parked tow truck on a road in the southern province of Minya, killing 23 people and injuring 30. In October, a truck rammed into a minibus in Dakahlia, killing at least 10 people, authorities said.
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