CAIRO: Two farmers were killed and 15 were injured after a truck rolled over and sank in Nubariya channel in the Delta, Youm7 reported.
The driver of the truck lost control over the truck transporting agricultural laborers. He escaped after the accident.
All the people involved are from Muhajreen village in Damanhur. The injuries include fractures and wounds; five were transferred to Damanhur General Hospital for medical assistance.
The vehicle has been extracted from the channel, which is being inspected for any remains of the accident.
The driver was identified and is being tracked down by the police.
A 25-year-old woman was killed and 14 others injured in a road accident north of Upper Egypt’s governorate of Aswan Monday. On the same day, two civilian men were killed and four policemen were injured after a truck collided with a police vehicle in a Kafr el-Sheikh highway in the Delta.
The Ministry of Health has previously reported that about 21,000 are killed and 150,000 injured annually on Egypt’s roads in traffic accidents.
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.
Official figures spotted a 7.5 percent decline in accidents rate in 2014 with a total of 14,403 road in comparison to 2013 (15,578 accidents,) according to the report.
It added that human error caused 59.2 percent of all 2014 road accidents, while 19.3 percent were caused by technical failure.
Egypt has the Middle East’s highest road fatality rate, according to the report.