Egypt road crash kills 19 in ancient city of Luxor
26 August 2014, 11:57
Cairo — Egypt's state news agency says 19 people were killed when two microbuses collided and plunged into a canal in the ancient city of Luxor in the country's south.
MENA says the victims were travelling to a wedding party when the accident happened late on Monday night.
The report says the two microbuses were speeding and racing one another, which caused the collision. It says darkness hampered rescue efforts.
Abu al-Naga al-Haggagi, the chief of the local emergency services, is quoted as saying that six people were still missing after the crash and that rescuers were trying to find them.
Traffic accidents are common in this Mideast country due to badly maintained roads and disregard of traffic laws. Road accidents killed about 13,000 people in Egypt last year.