CAIRO: Seven people were killed and another was injured after a car collided with a truck along the Western Desert Road in Upper Egypt’s Beni Sueif Tuesday morning, Youm7 reported.
The killed and injured people, including two children aged 13 years, were transported to Samasta Health Center in Beni Sueif. All victims are living in Minya governorate and investigations were launched to identify the cause of the accidents.
Two days ago, two children were killed and 28 others injured after their school bus crashed in Beheira governorate, 263 kilometers to the north of Cairo.
In November 2014, 18 students burned to death and 18 others injured as their school bus crashed into an oil tank truck in Beheria.
In 2012, a total of 15 children were killed after a train crashed into their school bus at a train crossing in Manfalout of Asyut, Upper Egypt.
A total of 6,916 car accidents took place during the first half of 2015, with an increase of 3.5 percent compared to 6,685 in the same period last year, according to a recent bulletin by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS.)
Although transport experts blame the crashes on the “lack of safety measures” at Egyptian roads, official reports signal “human error” as a major factor.
Egypt has recently been escalating measures to monitor road safety, through applying random drug-test to drivers, checking on car licenses, building new roads and renewing old ones as part of a national road project