Eight American tourists – six women and two men – were killed in a traffic accident Sunday while on a tour bus in Aswan, Egypt, the country’s interior ministry said.
An additional 19 American tourists and two Egyptians – the bus driver and a tour guide – were injured. Egyptian security officials said the hurt Americans were first transferred to a military hospital for treatment and then 10 of the injured, including two Egyptians, were airlifted to a hospital in Cairo.
A total of 116 American tourists were traveling in three tour buses. The interior ministry said the middle bus – carrying 37 of the tourists – crashed into a parked dump truck loaded with sand.
Aswan is one of Egypt’s popular tourist sites and is about 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) away from Cairo.
Road accidents are common in Egypt because of bad roads and poor enforcement of traffic rules, and crashes involving tour groups are not uncommon. An estimated 8,000 people die in car accidents annually in Egypt.