CAIRO: Six passengers were killed and 38 others, including five children, were injured Monday dawn after a bus overturned along the East Desert Road (Korimat Road) in Upper Egypt’s Beni-Suef governorate, Health Ministry Spokesperson Khaled Megahid announced.
Those with injuries including vertebral fractures and concussions were admitted to Beni Suef University Hospital, while the bodies were taken to a morgue.
The initial investigation showed that the driver fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a cement railing next to the road.
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.)
Transport experts blame the crashes on the “lack of safety measures” on Egyptian roads; but officials say most road accidents are caused by human errors. Egypt has recently been escalating measures to monitor road safety, through applying random drug-tests to drivers, checking car and driver’s licenses, building new roads and renewing old ones as part of a national road project.