14 people were killed and 25 injured on Wednesday after a public transport bus collided with a heavy transport truck on a desert highway in southwestern Egypt, medical and security sources said, according to Reuters.

The accident occurred on Assuit-Kharga highway, around 400 km southwest of Cairo, in New Valley province that shares a long border with neighboring Libya, the sources said.

Ambulances were dispatched to the scene to ferry the injured to hospitals, state news agency MENA quoted New Valley governor Mohamed el-Zamlout as saying.

It was not immediately clear what caused the accident.

Reckless driving, lax traffic rules and poor road conditions cause many road crashes in Egypt, noted Reuters. Egypt's road accidents left 7,101 people dead in 2021, marking a 15.2% increase compared with 2020.

Last year, two Israeli citizens were killed and five others injured in a car crash in the Sinai Peninsula.

A week earlier, 22 people were killed and 33 others injured after a bus crashed into a vehicle.