Microbus accident on Cairo road leaves 3 dead, injures 18

Three people were killed and 18 injured on Monday after a microbus turned over on the Cairo-Fayoum desert road.

An ambulance transferred the deceased and injured to the Central al-Wasta Hospital in Beni Suef. Investigations revealed that the injured were to attend a wedding ceremony in Beni Suef when the microbus turned over.

The death toll is Amen Mohammed Amen, 14, Ali Massoud, 25, and Ali Hassan Hassan, 22; all lived in Alexandria.

Police filed a report on the incident and referred it to prosecution to complete investigations.

Egypt has a road traffic fatality rate of 42 deaths per 100,000 people, according to the World Health Organization. The majority (48 percent) of those killed are passengers of four-wheeled automobiles, though pedestrians also constitute a significant proportion (20 percent) of these fatalities.

According to a report by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics on accidents in 2017, car accidents on roads resulted in 3,747 deaths, 13,998 injuries, and 17,201 damaged vehicles during the same year.

The report added that the primary cause of accidents was the human factor, which accounted for 78.9 percent of total accidents, followed by defects in the vehicle at 14 percent and environmental causes (such as road conditions) at two percent of total accidents.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm


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