42 injured in bus crash near Hurghada

Ahram Online, Monday 1 Sep 2014

A bus flips on the Hurghada - Ras Ghareb road injuring 42 people in a new deadly episode on Egypt's highways

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A destroyed bus after a deadly crash near Hurghada, Egypt, Friday, July 20, 2012. (Photo: AP)

Forty-two people were injured early Monday morning in a road crash on the Hurghada – Ras Ghareb highway in Egypt's Red Sea governorate.

A bus, owned by a private travel company, flipped on the road. Police are investigating the incident.

Fourteen ambulances arrived at the scene and transferred the victims to Ras Gahreb Hospital.

Hurghada is one of Egypt's top tourist destinations. However, it has seen a decline in visitors since the 2011 uprising that has led to political and civil unrest.

Traffic accidents are commonplace in Egypt due to badly maintained roads and poorly enforced traffic laws.

According to a 2012 report by the World Health Organisation, road accidents kill about 12,000 people in Egypt every year.

In May, ten Russian tourists were injured in a bus accident on the Hurghada – Safaga road on the Red Sea cost.    

And in March, a bus accident also near Ras Gahreb killed nine people and injured 29.

In July, the Minister of Transportation said that the ministry has been working on 15 new road projects across Egypt – 1,200km – at a cost of LE17 billion, aiming to complete them in the current fiscal year 2014/15 that started in July.

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