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8 Americans killed in Egypt tour bus crash

An Egyptian man, left, reacts as an injured

An Egyptian man, left, reacts as an injured tour bus passenger is evacuated from an ambulance into Nasser Institute Hospital in Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday. A tour bus slammed into a truck in southern Egypt on Sunday, killing eight Americans and injuring 21 others in the latest fatal crash involving tourists, the state news agency said. (Dec. 26, 2010) Photo Credit: AP Photo/Nasser Nasser

CAIRO - A tour bus slammed into a truck in southern Egypt on Sunday, killing eight Americans and injuring 21 others in the latest fatal crash involving tourists, the state news agency said.

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 carrying sand parked on the side of a single lane desert road, killing six women and two men. The Egyptian driver and a guide were also injured.

Egyptian security officials said the hurt Americans were first transferred to a military hospital for treatment and 10 of the injured were airlifted to a hospital in Cairo.

The U.S. Embassy in Cairo confirmed that the injured are being moved by military transport to Cairo, but said in a statement that it didn't have any further information on the accident or those involved.

An official with Misr Sinai Tours, which was running the bus service, said the crash occurred about 13 miles outside Aswan around dawn, while it was still dark.

The official said the bus, carrying 37 passengers, was part of a larger tour of 116 American tourists traveling in three buses. The other buses did not continue on to Abu Simbel, and instead returned to Aswan, he said, declining to be identified.

Following a deadly crash last month, authorities closed several travel operators after complaints of inadequate safety measures and bad driving. Last month, eight tourists were killed when their bus lost control and flipped over several times on a winding mountain road near a resort on the Red Sea.

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.

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