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Coach Accident in Egypt Claims 8 Lives and Leaves 21 Passengers Injured

BBC reports claim that a coach collided with a stationary vehicle on route to the ancient rock temple at Abu Simbel, a popular tourist hotspot in Nubia, Southern Egypt on the western bank of Lake Nasser.

It is understood that the fatal holiday accident occurred at dawn on 26th December 2010, shortly after a 3 coach convey had departed from Aswan on an 185 km journey across the desert. The coach crash involved a collision with a lorry transporting sand which had broken down at the side of the road.

The Egyptian news agency Mena claims that six of the dead were women and 2 men – 21 other holidaymakers were also injured, some seriously.

Simon Lomax, Simpson Millar Solicitors’ Holiday Accident and Illness Claims manager says:

"Coach accidents of this nature are becoming more familiar as tour operators open new destinations to mass markets without properly assessing the local transport infrastructure. In recent years British holidaymakers have been involved in coach accidents in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Turkey, Bulgaria and Morocco."

"This terrible accident has identified a number of concerns which need to be investigated thoroughly by the local Egyptian authorities."

"Very few details have been released by the Egyptian police following the accident but experience suggests that driver error, poor road conditions, and the overall safety of the route across the desert may have played a significant part in the coach accident."

"Simpson Millar Solicitors’ lawyers have dealt with a number of compensation claims over the years from British holidaymakers injured in coach crashes of a similar nature."

"We have seen the devastating emotional impact of such accidents on its victims and their relatives – no doubt the tour operator’s crisis management team is playing a part in helping those psychologically injured by this unfortunately coach accident to come terms with what has happened."

"The BBC claims that coach accidents are common in Egypt due to difficult driving conditions and a failure to enforce traffic regulations – it is hoped that British tour operators will consider this incident when assessing the risk of transporting holidaymakers through the desert by coach."

We hope that this article will draw attention to some of the potential dangers of travelling abroad but should you have the misfortune to suffer an injury through no fault of your own then please contact our experienced Holiday Travel Law Team for free advice on:

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Dated: 10/01/2011

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