American tourists killed in Egypt in a bus accident
As a result of bus accident near the town of Aswan in southern Egypt, killing eight American tourists, another 21 wounded. December 26 reported Agence France-Presse , with reference to the Egyptian news agency.
CAIRO — A tour bus slammed into a truck in southern Egypt on Sunday, killing eight Americans and injuring 21 others in the latest fatal crash involving tourists, the state news agency said.
The bus was taking a tour group on the 115 mile (185 kilometer) journey from Aswan to the ancient temples of Abu Simbel along Lake Nasser, when it ran into the truck carrying sand parked on the side of a single lane desert road, killing six women and two men.
The Egyptian driver and a guide were also injured in the accident.
Egyptian security officials said the hurt Americans were first transferred to a military hospital for treatment and then 10 of the injured, including two Egyptians, were airlifted to a hospital in Cairo.
An official of Misr Tours, which was running the bus service, said the accident occurred around dawn while it was still dark about 13 miles (22 kilometers) outside of Aswan.
The official said the bus, containing 37 passengers, was part of a larger tour of 116 American tourists traveling in three buses.
The other buses did not continue on to Abu Simbel, and instead returned to Aswan, he said, declining to be identified.
The U.S. embassy in Cairo confirmed that the injured are being moved by military transport to Cairo, but said in a statement that it didn’t have any further information on the accident or those involved.
The Great Temple at Abu Simbel, known for its four colossal statues, was built during the reign of Ramses II and was dedicated to the god Amun. It is considered one of the most beautiful ancient monuments in Egypt.