Bus and minivan crash in Egypt; 13 killed

A bus and minivan collided on Thursday near a vacation town on Egypt's northern coast, killing at least 13 people and injuring eight, police said. The accident occurred about 48 kilometers (30 miles) from Marsa Matrouh, a vacation town on the Mediterranean coast 523 kilometers (325 miles) northwest of Cairo when a speeding bus crashed into the minivan, police said. The driver of the bus and all the passengers in the van were killed. Deadly road accidents are common in Egypt and tend to be blamed on poorly maintained vehicles, bad roads and a lack of respect for traffic regulations. Police estimate that at least 6,000 are killed every year in car accidents.