22 dead, 33 injured in car crash in southern Egypt

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CAIRO — At least 22 people were killed and 33 injured in a car crash Tuesday near Egypt’s southern Minya province, authorities said.

The accident took place in the early morning when a passenger bus collided with a stopped trailer truck on a highway linking the capital of Cairo with the south of the country, local authorities in Minya said in a statement. The bus was heading towards Cairo.

Authorities said the truck was changing tires on the side of the road when the bus hit it in the Malawi city of Minya province, about 220 kilometers (137 miles) south of Cairo.

Ambulances rushed to the scene to transport the injured to hospitals in Minya. Images from the scene released by local authorities showed a bus with severe damage to the front half, apparently from colliding with the rear of the truck.

Road accidents kill thousands each year in Egypt, which has a poor record for transportation safety. Accidents are mainly caused by speeding, careless driving, bad roads, or poor enforcement of traffic laws.

In January, at least 16 people were killed and 18 others injured when a minibus collided with a public transport bus in the Sinai Peninsula. In April last year, a bus overturned while trying to overtake a truck on a highway in the southern province of Assiut, leaving at least 21 dead and three injured.

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