“It was the R10 bus from the Al Agouza route that had the accident,” said Mamdouh Gaber, the traffic manager of the transportation system at AUC.
“No students, staff, or faculty members were on board when the accident happened,” Gaber added.
The R10 bus had broken down shortly before the accident happened due to a problem with its gas pipe. The bus driver then called the facilities and operations office to report the problem, and another bus was immediately dispatched to pick up the AUC passengers, said Walid Albert, the operation manager of transportation.
He said damages to the bus were significant.
In addition, Albert asserted that it wasn’t the driver’s fault; it was the other car driver, who was speeding and hit the bus even though the bus driver was parked on the right side of the road.
“We won’t be receiving any official documents of the accident until next week; only then can we determine exactly how the damages occurred,” said Gaber.
The number of accidents on the ring road has increased at an alarming rate in recent weeks. Among them is an accident which killed 12 pedestrians, Ammar Tareq’s fatal accident, and most recently the accident that happened in front of the Future University in Egypt (FUE) that resulted in two injuries.
In late September, Ashraf El Fiqi, the vice-president of student affairs, narrowly escaped a fatal accident when a truck reversed into his car just outside Gate 2.