CAIRO: Five people were killed and 14 pothers injured after a truck flipped over into the Ibrahimiyah canal in Upper Egypt’s governorate Asyut, Youm7 reported Saturday.
Due to high speed, the driver was not able to control the vehicle which plunged off the road and fell into the canal; all victims were transported to Asyut University Hospital. All passengers were on their way to the Safa industrial city where they work.
Five people were killed and 22 others injured Oct. 14 in a road accident on Cairo-Fayoum desert road. The accident took place when a minibus driver was speeding to pass a car in front of him causing the minibus to collide with another car approaching from the opposite direction, an eyewitness told Youm7.
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.
Additional reporting by Rany Mostafa.