Minibus and truck collide, killing 14 in southwestern Egypt


CAIRO (TBEN) – At least 14 people were killed in a traffic accident between a minibus and a truck in southern Egypt on Tuesday, health authorities said.

In a statement, Egyptian authorities said the minibus and pickup collided near the remote oasis village of Abu Minqar in southwestern El-Wadi El-Gedid province.

Mahmoud Abu El-Laly, the chief of security for the province, said the 14 bodies had been taken to a mortuary in the nearby city of Dakhla and nine of the victims had been identified. The statement gave no further details.

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According to several Egyptian news outlets, the crash took place on Tuesday night.

Road accidents claim thousands of lives every year in the North African country, with accidents and collisions usually caused by excessive speed, bad roads or poorly enforced traffic regulations.

Last week, a bus fell into a canal in Egypt’s northern Nile Delta, killing at least 21 people.

In July, a bus collided with a parked truck and trailer on a highway in the southern province of Minya, killing 23 people.

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