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Egypt: Bus plunges into canal, killing at least 21

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According to the country’s Health Ministry, a bus crashed into a canal in Egypt’s Nile River Delta region on Saturday (Nov 12), killing at least 21 people.

Three children were among the dead, according to a ministry official.

Daqahliya province police, river rescue teams, and ambulances were dispatched to the accident site.

Injured passengers were airlifted to a nearby hospital.

The prosecutor’s office, which is looking into the incident, has accused the minibus driver of making a phone call while driving.

According to a judiciary source, he was arrested and preliminary tests revealed that he was under the influence of drugs.

According to data from Egypt’s Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics, while traffic injuries decreased last year, traffic deaths increased by 15.2 percent.

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