7 killed, 42 injured in bus accident on Sohag-Red Sea Road
Bus Accident - YOUM7(Archive)

CAIRO: At least seven people have been killed, including a child, after a bus turned over on Sohag-Red Sea Road, Youm7 reported early Friday.

Some 42 injured passengers in the accident were transferred to hospitals in Assiut and Sohag, Ahmed Abu el-Fatouh, assistant of Sohag Security Director, told Youm7.

Fatouh said that the bus was heading from Sohag governorate to Cairo. He added quoting an eyewitness that the bus and a truck crashed on the road causing the bus to flip over.

He said that a loader will be sent from Sohag to lift the bus.

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.

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