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A tourist bus is transported away from the scene near Hurghada, Egypt, where it rolled over several times, killing eight people. ((Associated Press))

Survivors of a bus crash near an Egyptian Red Sea resort that killed eight tourists, said Sunday that the driver was speeding and lost control of the vehicle.

The crash happened early Saturday on a winding mountain road near Hurghada.

The bus rolled over several times. Forty people were injured and many were recovering in hospital on Sunday.

"On our way back, the driver was going very fast," said a Russian tourist injured in the crash. "He stepped on the gas, very fast. He was not able to control the vehicle and the bus turned over."

Egypt's official news agency confirmed that eight died in the accident.

Three Russians and a Ukrainian woman were among the dead and the identities of the others were still unknown.

The seriously injured were airlifted to hospitals in Cairo about 500 kilometres away.

Road accidents are common in Egypt because of bad roads and poor enforcement of traffic rules. An estimated 8,000 people die in car accidents in the country annually.