Photos released by the governor’s office show a burnt bus with rescue teams searching for survivors.
A bus capsized when trying to pass a truck on a highway in southern Egypt, causing a collision that left at least 20 people dead and 3 others injured.
The bus traveled from Cairo when it turned over and was attacked by trucks on a road in the southern Governorate of Assiut, 320km (199 miles) south of the capital Cairo, Assiut Governor Essam Saad said in a declare. Both vehicles caught fire.
Photos released by the governor’s office show a burnt bus with rescue teams searching for survivors. The victims were taken to nearby hospitals.
Thirty-six ambulances quickly arrived at the scene, the Ministry of Health said.
Traffic accidents kill thousands of people each year in Egypt, a country with poor traffic safety records. Most accidents are caused by speeding, bad roads or bad traffic laws.
Eighteen people were killed in March when a truck collided with a small bus in the Giza district. At least 20 people were killed and nearly 200 injured when two trains collided near Tahta, about four hours south of the capital, last month.
The country’s official statistics agency says about 10,000 road crashes occurred in 2019, the most recent year for which statistics are available, killing more than 3,480 people. In 2018, the country had 8,480 accidents of traffic accidents, killing 3,080 people.