2 killed, 3 injured in Beheira collision


Two people were killed and another three injured in a car collision on al-Khatatba-al-Tawfekya road, in front of Kom Sherek village in Beheira governorate, on Tuesday.

Police investigations found that a truck collided with a Tuk Tuk moving in the opposite direction, leading to the killing of its 19-year-old driver, Islam.

The driver’s companion Mohammed, 17, sitting beside him in the Tuk Tuk was also killed.

The victims were transferred to Kom Hamada Hospital.

Police referred the case to the public prosecution to complete investigations.

Egypt loses roughly 12,000 lives to traffic accidents every year. The country has a road traffic fatality rate of 42 deaths per 100,000 population, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Forty-eight percent of those killed are passengers of four-wheelers, though pedestrians also constitute a significant proportion at 20 percent.

According to a Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) report on 2017 accidents, accidents on roads resulted in 3,747 deaths, 13,998 injuries, and 17,201 damaged vehicles.

The report adds that the main cause of accidents is the human factor at 78.9 percent of total cases, followed by vehicle defects with 14 percent, and environmental causes (eg. road conditions) with two percent of all accidents.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm.

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