Egyptian Bus Crash Kills 57

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Officials say bus packed with passengers traveling along a narrow road in southern Egypt has plunged into an
irrigation canal, killing 57 people.

The officials say the bus, with at least 70 passengers on board, swerved to avoid an oncoming pickup truck near a village close to
the city of Minya, about 130 miles south of Cairo.

Rescuers on small boats searched the canal for passengers, and volunteers pulled bodies out of the water. A crane later lifted the
bus out of the canal.

The accident took place early today at the end of a major Muslim holiday, when inter-city roads are crowded with returning vacationers.

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