8 children killed in 2 road accidents in Cairo, Sohag
A man looks at the wreckage of a school bus which crashed with a train northeast of Cairo March 6, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

CAIRO: At least eight children were killed Saturday in two separate road accidents across Egypt, according to news reports.

A car crashed with a truck on the Ring Road in New Cairo killing seven family members including four siblings with their ages varied between three to 12 years old, reported state-run news agency MENA. The victims involved a 47 year-old father, 32 years old mother and her 28 years old brother.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the crash occurred after a car has suddenly slowed down in front of a road hump.

Another accident took place Saturday early morning due to speeding when a car crashed into a truck in Cairo-Suez Road killing eight people including four children.

Road safety has been a critical issue in Egypt as the country loses thousands of lives on its roads every year, with the figure reportedly rising. Egypt is among 10 countries enrolled in a UN program “Decade of Action” that aims to halve the number of accidents by 2020.

According to previous statements by the Ministry of Health, around 21,000 are killed every year on Egypt’s roads in accidents.

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.)

In 2014, official reports spotted human error causing 59.2 percent of the total accidents, while 19.3 percent were caused by technical failure. On the other hand, road experts stated that bad road structure and lack of regular maintenance to bridges and main roads in the country is a main factor behind the factors.

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