CAIRO: Nine people were killed Monday in a major accident near Beni Suef in Upper Egypt; the collision involved two trucks, a microbus and seven cars, Youm7 reported.
The victims include seven men, a woman and a person whose body is yet to be identified. Their ages range between 17 and 42 years old.
Seventeen others were injured in the accident; the youngest of them is 3 years old and the oldest is 48.
Initial investigations have detected that the main cause of the accident was speeding and excessive mist on the desert road.
A total of 14,403 road accidents took place in Egypt in 2014, 7.5 percent less than in 2013, according to an April report by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS).
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.
Campaigns to carry out random tests on drivers have been ongoing to lessen road accidents plaguing the Arab world’s most populous country