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Two tourist buses collide near resort in Egypt; 38 dead

Two tourist buses collided Friday morning en route from Cairo to Sharm El-Sheikh, killing 38 passengers and injuring 41 others, including four foreign tourists.
By JC Finley   |   Aug. 22, 2014 at 2:21 PM   |   Comments

CAIRO, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Two tourist buses collided Friday morning in Egypt's South Sinai near the resort area of Sharm El-Sheikh, killing 38 passengers and injuring 41 others.

The collision occurred while the two buses, carrying approximately 80 passengers, were traveling on the El-Tor-Sharm El-Sheikh freeway en route from Cairo to Sharm El-Sheikh.

An investigation into the cause of the crash is underway although officials have ruled out foul play, South Sinai security directorate head Haaem Amin stated.

South Sinai prosecutor Mohamed Abdel-Salam issued a detention order for the two bus drivers who were injured in the crash. The prosecutor's office reportedly plans to conduct drug tests and question the drivers once their conditions improve.

All those who died in the crash were identified as Egyptian nationals. Four foreign tourists were among the 41 injured: two Saudi nationals, one Yemeni, and one Ukrainian.

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