CAIRO: A bride was killed in a tragic road accident on her way to the wedding ceremony in Upper Egypt’s governorate of Asyut, Youm7 reported Saturday.
The car, which carried the couple, was reportedly speeding before it crashed with a microbus driving in the opposite direction; Youm7 quoted Asyut security director Abdel Baset Donqol.
The accident, which took place Friday night on the Asyut-Sohag agricultural road, killed two more people and injured 13 including the groom.
The body of the bride, Nihal. K., was transferred to Sadfa Central Hospital, and the injured were taken to Asyut Hospital; some reported to be in serious conditions.
Residents blocked the Asyut-Cairo desert road and set fire to tires and palm trunks in protest against the lack of speed bumps, a reason they believe has contributed to the accident and to previous heavy truck crashes, according to Youm7. They demanded authorities to build bumps on the road to protect themselves and their children.
Thousands of Egyptians are killed every year in road accidents, with the latest report documenting 14,400 road accidents took place in 2014 killing more than 6,200. Despite road safety measures on Egyptian roads are being blamed by experts, official reports signal “human error” as a major cause of the accidents.
Additional reporting by Haitham el-Badry, Doha Saleh from Asyut, and Nourhan Magdi from Cairo.