CAIRO: At least 14 people lost their lives in two separate road accidents in Beheira Thursday, Youm7 reported.
The first incident took place in Edko Village when a car collided with a microbus, killing eight people and injuring 10 others on the Coastal International road in the Delta governorate.
The second accident involved three cars that crashed on Cairo-Alexandria Agricultural Road near Etay el-Baroud Village in Beheira, causing the death of six people, three of whom were a mother and her two daughters.
Thousands of Egyptians die every year due to traffic accidents, which are mostly blamed by officials on human error rather than bad road structure as experts have suggested.
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 Minister Saad el-Geoushy made statements to the media on railway system and road accidents coinciding with a train derailment that injured at least 71 passengers Thursday morning.
Quoted by Al-Ahram, Geoushy said that a total of 760 train accidents have occurred in Egypt during the past three years. He also said that the railway system urgently needs 5 billion EGP ($0.6 billion) for restoration, as quoted by Youm7.
Transport Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Ibrahim previously stated to Youm7 that the ministry decided to sign a contract with an international company to manage and operate the Railway system as he believes the current one is a “failure.”
A train driver has been blamed for speeding that led to a collision with a mini-truck and caused the death of at least seven people in Giza on Jan.31.
Most accidents were reported due to vehicles attempting to cross the railway from illegal crossings, or because of level crossings not functioning properly.