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Hurghada bus crash leaves 7 dead

A bus crash near Hurghada, Egypt has left four Germans and three Egyptians dead.

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A flat bed truck carries the bus in which eight tourists were killed when the vehicle overturned after the driver lost control near the Red Sea resort of Hurghada, on November 20, 2010. The other passengers on the bus, which was carrying 30 people at the time of the accident, all suffered injuries, MENA reported. (Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

A bus crash near Hurghada in Egypt has left at least four Germans and three Egyptians dead.

Two mini buses collided near the resort town of Abu Soma, according to the Associated Press

The Germans were members of a TUIfly airlines crew, and were headed to Hurghada airport early Sunday when their bus pulled onto a main road, crashing into another touring minibus, police said, Egyptian news service Bikya Masr reported. Both Egyptian drivers and an Egyptian traveler in the other bus were also killed. 

Another two crew members were reportedly injured, and MENA said one of the injured crew died in hospital, bringing the number of dead German nationals to five, AP reported. 

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"We are stunned and shocked," TUIfly managing director Dieter Nirschl said in a statement. "Our sympathy goes to the relatives of the deceased. We are doing everything to help the two injured colleagues." 

A German foreign ministry spokesperson said that Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle had activated the foreign ministry's crisis management group and that Germany's Egyptian ambassador was on his way to the accident site, Agence France Presse reported

The accident is the latest in "near daily" road or highway accidents in Egypt, Bikya Masr reported. Crashes leave an average of 6,000 people dead every year, due to poor road conditions and lenient enforcement of driving laws, AFP reported. 

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