Eight Amer­i­cans killed in Egypt bus crash

The Pak Banker - - 6i Nternational -

CAIRO: Eight Amer­i­can tourists were killed and 21 in­jured on Sun­day when their bus col­lided with a truck near the south­ern Egyp­tian city of Aswan, po­lice and the of­fi­cial MENA news agency said.

The bus, which was car­ry­ing 37 tourists from the United States, was headed to the an­cient Egyp­tian Abu Sim­bel tem­ples when it col­lided with a dam­aged truck parked on the side of the road, MENA said.

A po­lice of­fi­cial said six of the dead were women. The bus driver and a tourist guide were also in­jured in the crash, which oc­curred early in the morn­ing about 30 kilo­me­tres (18.6 miles) from Aswan. Four tourists were in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, the po­lice of­fi­cial said, adding that the in­jured were taken to a mil­i­tary hos­pi­tal in Aswan.

The US em­bassy said in a state­ment that it was "deeply sad­dened by the traf­fic ac­ci­dent in Aswan that has led to deaths and in­juries among Amer­i­can tourists." It did not pro­vide a toll. It said the in­jured were be­ing moved by mil­i­tary trans­port to Cairo. The po­lice of­fi­cial said some of the in­jured tourists would be air­lifted in the af­ter­noon to a hos­pi­tal in Cairo that of­ten treats in­jured tourists.

Seventy-nine tourists on board two other buses in the con­voy were un­harmed, MENA re­ported. Traf­fic ac­ci­dents oc­cur fre­quently in Egypt, of­ten be­cause of poor road con­di­tion and lax reg­u­la­tions. The govern­ment es­ti­mates that there are 8,000 road ac­ci­dents a year in the coun­try.

The US State Depart­ment warns on its web­site that trav­el­ling on Egyp­tian high­ways can be dan­ger­ous. Em­bassy of­fi­cials are pro­hib­ited from trav­el­ling out­side Cairo af­ter dark be­cause of driv­ing haz­ards. Eigh­teen French tourists were in­jured when their bus over­turned on the same two-lane desert road in Jan­uary. The 3,000 year-old gran­ite Abu Sim­bel tem­ples are a pop­u­lar tourist at­trac­tion. They were re­lo­cated to their present lo­ca­tion, about 300km from Aswan, in the 1960s to pre­vent them from be­ing sub­merged by ris­ing wa­ters from the Aswan Dam which was un­der con­struc­tion. - Afp

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