Published January 13, 2015
A speeding truck collided with a tourist bus in Egypt's Sinai peninsula early Monday, killing 12 people and injuring 33, according to officials.
The head of the Suez region's tourist services, Farouk Huzayem, said those killed were five foreigners and seven Egyptians. The bodies of two Ukrainians have been identified, he added.
The truck burst a tire, and its driver lost control, crashing into the bus on a highway six miles from the Red Sea resort town of Ras Sidr, Huzayem said.
The head of emergency services for Southern Sinai, Ibrahim Hassan, had earlier said the dead included seven tourists from the Netherlands, Russia and Ukraine, and five Egyptians. There was no immediate explanation for the discrepancy.
Egypt has a history of serious bus and car crashes because of speeding, careless driving and poor road conditions. At least 8,000 people were killed in accidents in 2006, the most recent statistics available.