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10 killed as bus full of tourists bursts into flames after crash

A tourist bus that collided with an SUV and burst into flames in southern Egypt has resulted in the deaths of at least 10 people.

According to the regional governor’s office, the accident happened on the road connecting Aswan with Abu Simbel temples. This popular tourist spot is several hours south.

The bus was traveling to the Temple of Esna, on the west bank of Nile River, approximately 34 miles (55 km) south of Luxor.

The crash resulted in the deaths of four people from France, five Egyptians and a Belgian.

Image: The bus’s wreckage after the crash. Pic by AP

Another 14 people were also injured, including six Belgian tourists and eight French tourists.

According to the health ministry, 30 ambulances were dispatched to the scene to transport the injured to nearby hospitals.

Ashraf Attia, Aswan Provincial Governor, stated that the injured are in stable condition.

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‘Tragic accident’

On Twitter, President Abdel Fattah al Sisi stated that he was following closely the incident and had instructed the government to provide all medical and treatment care to the victims of the tragic accident.

It is unknown what caused the crash.

Five days ago, a bus collided on a highway near Red Sea killing three people. Two tourists from Poland were also killed in the accident.

Image: The bus was travelling to the Temple of Esna, on the west bank of Nile River. Pic by AP

Because Egypt has a poor record in transportation safety, it is not uncommon for traffic accidents to result in thousands of deaths each year.

Most crashes and collisions result from speeding, poor roads or insufficient enforcement of traffic laws.

According to Egypt’s official statistics agency, there were approximately 10,000 road accidents in 2019. This was the latest year for which statistics are available. More than 3,480 people died.

There were 8,480 accidents involving cars in 2018, resulting in more than 3,080 deaths.


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