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8 American tourists killed in Egypt bus crash

From Housam Ahmed, CNN
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U.S. tourists die in Egypt crash
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The U.S. Embassy in Cairo says its staff is working to identify the Americans involved
  • One of three tour buses crashes into a parked dump truck loaded with sand
  • 19 American tourists and two Egyptians are injured

Cairo, Egypt (CNN) -- Eight American tourists -- six women and two men -- were killed in a traffic accident Sunday while on a tour bus in Aswan, Egypt, the country's interior ministry said.

An additional 19 American tourists and two Egyptians -- the bus driver and a tour guide -- were injured.

A total of 116 American tourists were traveling in three tour buses. The interior ministry said the middle bus -- carrying 37 of the tourists -- crashed into a parked dump truck loaded with sand.

Video of the crash site showed one side of the bus completely sheared off, with some seats dangling from the vehicle's shell. Dried blood could be seen on some of the crumpled wreckage.

Twelve of those injured were taken to Nasser Medical Institute in Cairo, according to the hospital's head, Dr. Bahaa Al-deen Ziad.

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Egyptian bus crash kills 8 Americans
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Two of the crash victims are in the hospital's intensive care unit in critical but stable condition, Ziad said. The 10 others were admitted to the hospital in stable condition and are being examined by doctors with specialties in neurosurgery, orthopedics and plastic surgery, he said.

Aswan is a popular tourist site in Egypt located about 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) away from Cairo.

The U.S. Embassy in Cairo issued a statement Sunday saying it was "deeply saddened" by the accident.

"The embassy has confirmed that the injured are being moved by military transport to Cairo, and has mobilized staff to identify and to assist those Americans involved," the statement said. "Consular services will be provided to assist any American citizens who have been affected and their families, in coordination with the Egyptian government."

Embassy staff members in Egypt are available for questions or concerns.They can be reached in Cairo at 011 202 2797 3300.

 
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