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.   (AP Photo)
An unidentified injured female is evacuated.   (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
An injured passenger is taken to Nasser Institute Hospital in Cairo.   (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
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