7 killed in road accident south of Cairo
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
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CAIRO: Seven people were killed and four others injured in a road accident on the Fayoum-6 October City highway Friday, Youm7 reported.

The dead bodies were transported to the Al Wasta Central Hospital in Upper Egypt’s governorate of Beni Suef. However, the reason of the accident was not revealed.

The Ministry of Health has previously reported that about 21,000 are killed and 150,000 injured annually on Egypt’s roads in accidents.

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.

Official figures spotted a 7.5 percent decline in accidents rate in 2014 with a total of 14,403 road in comparison to 2013 (15,578 accidents,) according to the report.

It added that human error caused 59.2 percent of all 2014 road accidents, while 19.3 percent were caused by technical failure.

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.

Egypt has the Middle East’s highest road fatality rate, according to the report.

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