Almost two dozen killed in minibus crash in Egypt

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Dec 28, 2019

December 28, 2019


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Egyptian authorities say about two dozen people, mostly labourers, were killed on Saturday when a minibus collided with a truck on a motorway in Port Said in northern Egypt.

Officials said in a statement that the minibus, a vehicle widely used in Egypt as a communal taxi, was bringing the workers from a clothing factory in Port Said. The city is about 200 kilometres north of Cairo.

At least 22 people were killed in the crash, which took place on a highway linking the cities of Port Said and Damietta, the statement said. The workers were from Damietta.

Eight others were injured, some of them severely. All the victims were taken to nearby hospitals and morgues for treatment and identification, the statement said.

In a separate road accident, at least six people were killed in a motorway collision between two buses on Saturday close to the Red Sea resort of Ain Sokhna, 120 kilometres to Cairo’s east, according to health authorities.

The dead included three Egyptians and three tourists: two Malaysians and an Indian, the state-run newspaper Al Ahram reported.

A further 24 were injured in the crash and were taken to nearby hospitals.

Egypt has a history of serious bus and car crashes because of speeding, careless driving, poor road conditions and poor enforcement of traffic laws.

The country’s official statistics agency says more than 8,000 road accidents took place in 2018, leaving more than 3,000 dead and around 12,000 injured.

Updated: December 28, 2019 10:51 PM

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