Nine dead, 18 injured in car crash in southern Egypt

CAIRO—At least nine people were killed and 18 injured in a vehicle accident in southern Egypt that overturned a minibus, authorities said Saturday.

The crash occurred on Friday when a passenger car overturned following a tire blowout on a highway in Minya province, 273 kilometers (170 miles) south of the capital Cairo, provincial officials said in a statement.

The minibuses were a type of public transport minivan, transporting people from Sohag province to Cairo, the statement said.

Ambulances rushed to the scene and transferred the injured to a hospital in Minya, the statement added.

Thousands of people are killed each year in Egypt due to poor transportation security. Collisions and crashes are mainly caused by speeding, bad roads, or poor enforcement of traffic laws.

At least 17 people were killed and four injured when a minibus collided with a truck in Sohag earlier this month. In July, a passenger bus crashed into his parked trailer in Minya, killing 23 people and injuring at least 30 others.

Associated Press