Luxor – A passenger bus and a truck collided on a road in southern Egypt, killing 20 people, local security sources said on Thursday.
Two others were injured in the crash that took place late Wednesday on a desert road in the southern province of Suhag, they added.
The authorities said the dead included 19 people from the southern city of Luxor. The passengers were inside the bus heading from Cairo back to their home town when the accident occurred.
Initial investigations found that the bus driver lost control after the rear tyre of the bus bursted out, forcing the vehicle to ram into a truck coming from the opposite side of the road.
Deadly road accidents are relatively common in Egypt, often blamed on reckless driving and poor road conditions.
Egypt in 2016 more than 14 000 traffic accidents occurred, which resulted in 5,343 deaths, according to official records.
The Egyptian government is working on new traffic law that will have tougher penalties and improvements in the nation’s road quality.