8 US Tourists Killed in Egypt Bus Crash

Another 21 people were injured

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Dec 26, 2010 3:31 PM CST

(Newser) – A tour bus slammed into a truck in southern Egypt today, killing eight Americans and injuring 21 others in the latest fatal crash involving tourists. The bus was taking a tour group on the 115-mile journey from Aswan to the ancient temples of Abu Simbel along Lake Nasser when it ran into the truck parked on the side of a single-lane desert road. Six women and two men were killed.

The bus, containing 37 passengers, was part of a larger tour of 116 American tourists traveling in three buses, authorities said. Last month, eight foreign tourists were killed when their tour bus flipped over several times on a mountain road on Egypt's Red Sea coast, while in October six Belgian tourists were killed in a crash in the south.

Egyptian men examine the crashed tour bus.
Egyptian men examine the crashed tour bus.   (AP Photo)
An unidentified injured female is evacuated.
An unidentified injured female is evacuated.   (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
An injured passenger is taken to Nasser Institute Hospital in Cairo.
An injured passenger is taken to Nasser Institute Hospital in Cairo.   (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
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