23 killed, 17 injured in twin road accidents
public transportation bus flipped over north of the Red Sea resort city of Hurghada - YOUM7

CAIRO: A total of 23 people were killed and 17 others were injured in two separate road accidents Sunday, Youm7 reported.

“At least 11 people died and 11 others were injured after a public transportation bus flipped over north of the Red Sea resort city of Hurghada Sunday morning,” director of emergency services for the Red Sea governorate Hossam Gamil told Youm7.

Gamil said that 10 ambulances with their medical crews rushed to the accident scene to transport the victims to Hurghada International Hospital.

A total of 12 people were killed and six others were injured Sunday when a microbus collided with a truck carrying construction materials near Wadi al-Natroun Monastery in Cairo Alexandria desert road, Beheira security director Maj. Gen. Mohamed Ismail was Quoted by Youm7 Sunday.

Road safety in Egypt is of a great concern. According to a report issued by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) in April 2015, an average of 17 people died per day in road accidents in Egypt in 2014.

A total of 14,403 road accidents took place in Egypt in 2014, 7.5 percent less than in 2013, according to the report.

Human error caused 59.2 percent of all 2014 road accidents, while 19.3 percent were caused by technical failure, the report said.

A 2011 report by CAPMAS showed that Egypt has the Middle East’s highest road fatality rate.

Laws regulating seatbelt and blood alcohol testing have been recently issued to lessen road accidents plaguing the Arab world’s most populous country, but the rate of road accidents does not indicate that these laws are enough nor are properly enforced.

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