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22 killed in road crash in northern Egypt

Health authorities say about two dozen people, mostly labourers, were killed Saturday when a minibus collided with a truck on a highway in Port Said in northern Egypt.

The dead were mostly labourers from a garment factory in Port Said, according to officials

Ships are docked in front of the Suez Canal Authority in Port Said, Egypt in this file photo from July 29, 2018. (Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters)

Health authorities say about two dozen people, mostly labourers, were killed Saturday when a minibus collided with a truck on a highway in Port Said in northern Egypt.

Officials said in a statement that the minibus, a vehicle widely used in Egypt as a communal taxi, was bringing the labourers from a garment factory in Port Said. The city is around 200 kilometres north of the capital, Cairo.

At least 22 people were killed in the crash, which took place on a highway linking the cities of Port Said and Damietta, the statement said. The workers were from Damietta.

Eight others were injured, some of them severely. All the victims were taken to nearby hospitals and morgues for treatment and identification, the statement said.

In a separate road crash, at least six people died when a bus collided on Saturday with another bus on a highway close to the Red Sea resort of Ain Sokhna, 120 kilometres east of Cairo, according to health authorities.

The dead included three Egyptians and three tourists: two Malaysians and an Indian, the state-run daily al-Ahram reported.

Another 24 others were injured in the crash and were taken to nearby hospitals.

Egypt has a history of serious bus and car crashes because of speeding, careless driving, poor road conditions and poor enforcement of traffic laws.

The country's official statistics agency says more than 8,000 road accidents took place in 2018, leaving more than 3,000 dead and around 12,000 injured.