CAIRO: A truck and a motorbike fell in water conduit Saturday night after they collided on a main road in Dakalhlia governorate, north east of Cairo, reported Youm7.
The truck was carrying two women who suffered only moderate wounds, however and a four-year old boy is still missing.
The two men who were riding the motorcycle were transferred to the hospital for treatment.
River rescue teams heightened their efforts overnight in search for the child but have not found him, head of Talkha city Saeed el-Faramawy told Youm7. He said that the search is ongoing.
Meanwhile in Upper Egypt, another road crash took place when a microbus flipped over on Qena-Sohag Desert Road killing two passengers, and injuring some 16.
At least eight children were killed in separate road accidents in Cairo and Sohag Saturday. In one of them, seven family members died after a truck and a car collided on the Ring Road. The truck driver was ordered detained by the prosecution to be investigated over the crash.
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 the United Nations’ “Decade of Action” program 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.
Additional reporting by Sherif el-Deeb and Mohamed Heza from Dakahlia, and Hend el-Maghraby from Qena.