By
Dillon Burroughs
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October 28, 2023
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11:40 pm

32 dead, dozens injured in massive car crash

At least 32 people are dead and over 60 were injured in a multi-vehicle crash in Northern Egypt that included a bus.

The accident included a massive fire among some vehicles in the collisions occurring on the main highway between Cairo and Alexandria, about 100 miles north of Cairo.

The details

"Video from the horror smash shows several vehicles engulfed in flames and heavy black smoke billowing high up into the hazy air," Fox News reported.

"Dozens of bystanders can be seen looking on as sirens ring out in the background while in other videos circulating on social media people can be seen pushing broken-down vehicles away from the deadly scene," it added.

A deadly scene

"The collision took place in the morning and involved a bus and a number of vehicles bound for Cairo on the main desert road in the Beheira governorate," Reuters reported.

"The state-run Al-Ahram newspaper quoted police sources as saying an oil leak from one vehicle caused the collision with some vehicles catching fire," it continued.

The official announcement

"The Ministry of Health and Population announced the dispatch of 20 ambulances to help those injured in the traffic accident that occurred this Saturday morning, between a bus carrying passengers and several passenger cars, near the Cairo-Alexandria desert highway," the Ministry of Health reported on X.

The event occurred "in the Wadi El-Natroun area, before the international highway, towards Cairo."

An oil leak from one of the vehicles is blamed for the fire that ignited and burned some of the vehicles, including the bus that was completely burned out, according to images from the scene.

A crowd of bystanders also are in view in some video footage, with some staying a safe distance away while others were seen pushing vehicles away from the scene of the tragedy.

The concerning tragedy puts a spotlight on travel concerns in Egypt where accidents are frequent. The combination of poor roads and people who do not obey traffic laws often leads to accidents. The latest incident, however, is one of the worst in the nation's history, leading to mourning for many across the North African nation.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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