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At least 13 killed in Egyptian bus crash tragedy

Twenty-four people also injured after bus and truck collide head-on near Cairo.

At least 13 killed in Egyptian bus crash tragedy
TRAFFIC HAZARD: 6,000 people are killed each year on Egypts roads. (AFP)

At least 13 people were killed and 24 injured when a bus and a truck collided head-on south of Cairo on Sunday.

Security sources said the bus had been trying to overtake another vehicle when it hit a truck travelling in the opposite direction near the town of Beni Suef.

The bus had been taking Egyptians from Giza, near Cairo, to Beni Suef following the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

About 6,000 people die and 30,000 are hurt in road accidents in Egypt each year.

Traffic regulations in Egypt are often badly enforced and vehicles poorly maintained.

Egypt introduced a new traffic law in August in a bid to improve road safety and ease the country's chronic road congestion. (Reuters)

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