At least 20 dead in Egypt bus, truck crash

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A bus has overturned while trying to pass a truck on a highway in southern Egypt, causing a collision that killed at least 20 people and injured three others.

The bus was travelling from Cairo on Tuesday when it overturned and was hit by the truck on a road in the southern province of Assiut, 320km south of Cairo, Assiut Governor Essam Saad said in a statement.

Both vehicles caught fire, the statement added.

Photos released by the governor's office showed a burnt bus, with rescue teams looking for survivors.

The victims were taken to nearby hospitals, the statement said.

Traffic accidents kill thousands of people every year in Egypt, which has a poor transportation safety record. Crashes are mostly caused by speeding, bad roads or poor enforcement of traffic laws.

The country's official statistics agency said around 10,000 road accidents took place in 2019, the most recent year for which statistics are available, leaving more than 3480 dead.

In 2018, there were 8480 car accidents, causing more than 3080 deaths.