A senior Egyptian security official says 30 people were killed and 15 injured when three minibuses collided on a road in the southern province of Aswan.

Aswan's provincial police chief, Mohammed Mustafa, said the accident took place Monday on a road that runs along the west bank of the Nile near the historic town of Edfu.

The minibuses, widely used in Egypt as communal taxis, were speeding.

Deadly road accidents claim thousands of lives in Egypt every year. They are mostly caused by speeding, bad roads or lack of regular vehicle maintenance.