Dozens die in Egypt road accident

At least 30 killed in collision between three minibuses in Aswan province, security and medical sources say.

At least 30 people have been killed in a crash involving three minibuses in Egypt’s southern Aswan province, medical and security sources said.

Another 15 people were injured in Monday’s crash near Edfu, some 930km south of Cairo.

Aswan’s provincial police chief, Mohammed Mustafa, told the AP news agency the accident took place on a road that runs along the west bank of the Nile.

Traffic accidents are common in Egypt where roads are often poorly maintained and traffic regulations little enforced.

Monday’s accident is thought to have been caused by speeding, the AFP news agency reported.

In August, at least 31 people were killed and 41 injured in a collision near the Sinai Peninsula resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on the Red Sea.

According to the World Health Organisation, Egypt has an annual roads fatality rate of nearly 12,000 people.

Last year there were more than 15,000 road accidents in the country, official figures published in June showed.

Source: News Agencies