CAIRO: Four people were killed and 16 others injured Tuesday morning when a micro-bus collided with a truck on Upper Egypt’s Qena-Sohag desert road, as the ministries of transportation and interior are on high alert ahead of celebration of four-day Eid al-Adha (Muslims’ Feast of Sacrifice), Youm7 reported.
The remains of four people and a number of injured were transported to Qena Hospital and Qena University hospital, while those in critical condition were admitted to Asyut University hospital.
On Aug. 11, eight people were killed and six others were injured after a microbus has collided with a truck south of Upper Egypt’s governorate of Beni Suef. A week earlier, seven passengers, including a child were killed and 40 others were injured after their bus has hit a camel that suddenly crossed the road near Upper Egypt’s governorate of Beni Suef.
Over the first six months in 2014, more than 2,000 people have been killed due to road accidents in Egypt, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS(. The World Health Organization (WHO) said that 12,000 people die annually in Egypt due “road traffic crashes.”
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Interior has instituted a plan to secure the country’s railway, the Cairo Metro, public buses and river boats nationwide ahead of celebration of Eid al-Adha that will start Thursday, said Mohamed Yusuf, Minister of Interior’s Aide and director of the Police General Directorate of Transport and Communications.
More security forces will be deployed on the roads nationwide to facilitate the traffic movement, while all squares will be secured as well, announced Minister of Interior Magdy Abdel Gaffar in a news conference Sunday, noting that more movable checkpoints will be deployed in the streets.