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Truck hits tourist bus in Egypt, kills 10 including four French

CAIRO (AP) – A tourist bus collided with a truck on a highway in southern Egypt and burst into flames yesterday, killing at least 10 people including four French and a Belgian, authorities said.

The crash happened some 55 kilometres south of the ancient city of Luxor, as it was travelling to the temples of Esna on the west bank of the Nile River, provincial authorities said in a statement.

Along with the tourists, five Egyptians were killed in the crash. At least 14 others were injured, including eight from France and six from Belgium, they said. The cause of the crash was not immediately clear.

Many bodies were charred, and the injured suffered from burns, bruises and fractures, according to a health official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to brief the media.

Footage that circulated online showed a tourist bus in flames with people trying to put out the fire. “A guest is dying inside,” one person was heard screaming.

The bus in the video bore the logo of state-owned Misr Travel. The Cairo-based agency did not respond to a request for comment.

Aswan Provincial Governor Ashraf Attia said the injured were taken to hospitals and were in stable condition.

Yesterday’s accident came five days after a bus crashed on a highway near the Red Sea, killing three including two Polish tourists.

Deadly traffic accidents claim thousands of lives every year in Egypt, which has a poor transportation safety record. The crashes and collisions are mostly caused by speeding, bad roads or poor enforcement of traffic laws.

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