CAIRO — At least 32 people were killed and 63 others injured on Saturday morning in Egypt after a passenger bus and several vehicles collided about 82 miles north of the capital, Cairo, the health ministry said.

The collisions occurred on the main desert road in the Beheira governorate linking Cairo and the Mediterranean city of Alexandria.

The police said an oil leak from one vehicle caused the collision, with some vehicles catching fire, according to the state-run Al-Ahram newspaper.

Ambulances rushed to the scene to take the injured to hospital.

On Wednesday, at least 17 people were killed when a truck and a microbus collided on the Ring Road in Greater Cairo, Al-Ahram said.

Eight Americans were killed and 23 other people were injured in 2010 when their tour bus collided with a parked truck full of sand on a dimly lighted desert road, according to news reports. The accident occurred around dawn on a road from the southern city of Aswan to the historic Abu Simbel temple, the authorities said.

In 2003, a tourist bus overturned in eastern Egypt, killing 20 people and injuring more than 20 others. The driver lost control while heading from the Sinai resort of Sharm el Sheik to the Red Sea resort of Taba, the police said.


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