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Six Belgians killed in Egypt coach crash tragedy

Twenty-six others injured after driver loses control, bus rolls over several times.

Six Belgian tourists died and 26 were hurt in the south of Egypt on Friday when the coach they were travelling in crashed, a security official said.

"Six Belgians died and 26 were injured at Abu Simbel when the bus carrying them rolled over several times, the driver having lost control," said the official, who asked not to be named.

The coach was carrying 43 tourists altogether, he said, adding that the injured people were taken by helicopter to Abu Simbel hospital.

Egypt's roads are among the most chaotic and dangerous in the world, with traffic laws widely flouted.

Road accidents kill about 6,000 people and cause 30,000 injuries each year in Egypt, also because of poor upkeep of vehicles, according to the transport ministry.

A new highway code came into force in August with the aim of improving road safety.

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