6 killed, 10 injured in Assiut accident


Six people were killed, and another 10 injured after a microbus overturned on the western Assiut-Sohag road, on Thursday.

Chief of Assiut Security Directorate Gamal Shukr received notice from the rescue operations room on the accident, which occurred near al-Ghanaym city.

Ambulance cars moved to the scene of the accident, and transported victims into the public Al-Iman Hospital’s morgue.

Police referred the case to Egypt’s public prosecution, to continue investigation and inspection of the accident’s location.

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 was the human factor, with 78.9 percent of total cases, followed by vehicle defects with 14 percent, and environmental causes such as road conditions, with 2 percent of total accidents.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm.

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