Nine killed in car crash in Upper Egypt

Nine people from two families were killed on Sunday in a car crash on Samalout bridge axis on the Nile River in Minya governorate, Upper Egypt, after a private car collided with a concrete mixer truck.

The accident’s deaths included two children, 10 years and four years-old.

The ages of the other victims ranged between 30 and 75 years-old, and all of them were from Samalout.

The victims were transferred to the mortuary of Samalout Model Hospital, at the disposal of the Public Prosecution Office, which took over the investigations into the accident.

The annual report of the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) released in 2020 said that traffic accidents in Egypt rose by 17.8 percent in 2019, with 9,992 car accidents compared to 8,480 in 2018.

The agency added that the number of car accident deaths rose to 3,484 in 2019 – an increase of 12.9 percent. The rate of car accidents increased to 27.4 accidents per day in 2019, it said.

CAPMAS attributed the main cause of car accidents to human error at 79.7 percent of the total road accident causes in 2019, followed by technical vehicle defects at 13.5 percent.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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