At least 10 people, including five foreign tourists, have been killed and at least 14 others injured in a road accident in Egypt. The crash came five days after a bus crashed on a highway near the Red Sea, killing three people, including two Polish tourists.
A tourist bus caught fire on Wednesday when it collided with a truck on a highway near Luxor and Aswan in southern Egypt, killing four French and one Belgian and five Egyptians.
The provincial authorities said in a statement that the accident happened about 55 kilometers south of the ancient city of Luxor when the bus was heading towards the Esna Temple on the west bank of the Nile River.
Among the victims were eight tourists from France and six from Belgium. The cause of the accident was not immediately clear.
According to the Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population, 30 ambulances were dispatched to the scene and Ahed was rushed to a nearby hospital. Aswan provincial governor Ashraf Atia said the injured had been taken to hospital and their condition was stable.
Many bodies have been burned, and most of the injured have been burned, injured, or broken bones. A local health official confirmed the news, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to speak to the media.
A video footage posted online shows a tourist bus on fire and people trying to put out the blaze. One is heard shouting, “A guest is dying inside.”
Following the fact that the tourist accident is frequently reported as a security guard, the meaning of the instrument is to take advantage of the necessary enforcement and follow-up and to cover the amount of medical expenses.
– Abdelfattah Elsisi (lsAlsisiOfficial) April 13, 2022
The video shows the state-owned Egypt Travel logo on the bus. The Cairo-based company did not comment.
Following the tragic accident, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi issued a statement expressing deep sorrow and condolences to the families of the victims. He is closely following the accident and has directed the authorities to provide all medical services to the injured.
The incident is not the first of its kind in Egypt, a country that, according to national statistics, witnesses thousands of vehicle accidents on an annual basis.
Fatal traffic accidents kill thousands in Egypt every year, with poor transport safety records. Although the Egyptian government has allocated a large sum for the development of the road network, Egypt is still struggling with a complete traffic and driving problem. Many drivers do not comply with internationally recognized driving rules, such as driving in the corresponding lane, keeping distance from other vehicles during traffic, or even making sure to wear seatbelts.
According to Egypt’s Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), 6,174 people were killed and 56,069 injured in road accidents in Egypt in 2020. In the previous year, 3,460 people died in 10,000 road accidents in 2017 and more than 3,060 people died in 6,480 accidents in 2016.