Six killed, 34 injured in Beheira microbus crash

Six people were killed and 34 others injured in a microbus crash on Cairo-Alexandria Agricultural Road close to the city of Kafr al-Dawar in Beheira governorate, Nile Delta.

A security statement said that the accident occurred on Tuesday when a tractor trailer collided with three microbuses as a result of excessive speed.

Ambulances rushed to the scene and transported the deceased and the injured to Damanhour Educational Hospital and Kafr al-Dawar General Hospital.

Legal procedures ensued regarding the incident, and prosecutors were notified for investigations.

Egypt loses roughly 12,000 lives to traffic accidents each year. The country 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, although 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 that 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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