A public bus and a heavy transport truck have collided on a desert highway in southwestern Egypt, killing 17 people and injuring 29 others.
A Health Ministry statement on Thursday said the accident occurred on Wednesday on the Assuit-Kharga highway, some 400 km southwest of the capital, Cairo, in New Valley province which shares a long border with Libya.
About 26 ambulances were dispatched to the scene to ferry the injured to hospitals, Reuters quoted the Health Ministry as saying.https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.571.0_en.html#goog_1792345495https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.571.0_en.html#goog_1971514647
It was not immediately clear how the accident occurred.
But a recent Reuters report said reckless driving, lax traffic rules and poor road conditions have caused many vehicular crashes in Egypt.
Road accidents left 7,101 people dead in Egypt in 2021, a 15.2% increase compared with 2020, it cited the statistics agency CAPMAS as saying in a 2022 report.