CAIRO: Eight people were killed and 11 others injured in Giza Saturday morning after a cargo trailer, conveyed by a truck, overturned and fell off the ring road before it landed on a bus station, Youm7 reported.
The trailer, which carried building materials, collided with two cars before it fell off the ring road 15 meters down and hit two public transport mini buses that were parking underneath the overpass in Giza’s Al Mounib district, security source told Youm7.
The mini buses at the bus station transport passengers from Cairo to several Upper Egypt’s governorates.
The victims were transported to nearby hospitals and investigations were launched to identify the cause of the accident.
Egypt has the Middle East’s highest road fatality rate.
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.
It added that human error caused 59.2 percent of all 2014 road accidents, while 19.3 percent were caused by technical failure.
In 2015, a total of 592 people were killed, and 1,222 were wounded in road accidents, a security source told Youm7 Dec. 25.
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.)
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.