Eight Americans were killed and 21 others injured after a tour bus collided with a truck on a desert road near the city of Aswan in Southern Egypt. Local media reported that the bus was carrying 37 tourists from the United States who were on their way to the 3000-year-old historic Abu Simbel temple.

US embassy officials in Cairo confirmed the reports and stated that the injured were rushed to a nearby military hospital. The incident reportedly occurred in the wee hours of Sunday about 30 kilometers from Aswan.

Consular services will be provided to assist any American citizens who have been affected and their families, in coordination with the Egyptian government, the embassy said in a statement.

Officials are still withholding the identity of the tourists killed in the crash. Poor roads have often been the cause of road accidents in the region. An estimated 8,000 accidents reportedly occur every year in the country.