Seven Russian tourists dead in Egypt coach crash

09:42, 24 December 2008
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Seven Russian tourists were killed when their coach overturned on a highway near the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Dahab, according to a new death toll on Tuesday, accoding to AFP.

Eighteen other people were injured in Monday`s crash, including three Egyptians, a medical source said. Five of the injured remain in critical condition.

"The tourist coach seems to have crashed because of bad weather conditions," a security official told AFP. The coach was on its way south from Dahab to Sharm el-Sheikh.

The accident came less than two weeks after a public bus plunged into a canal south of Cairo, killing 64 Egyptians in the worst road accident in the country in decades.

In October, six Belgian tourists died and 26 were hurt in the south of Egypt when their coach crashed.

Egypt`s roads are among the most chaotic and dangerous in the world, with traffic laws widely flouted.

Road accidents kill about 6,000 people and cause 30,000 injuries each year here, also because of poor upkeep of vehicles, according to the transport ministry.

A new highway code came into force in August with the aim of improving road safety.

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