CAIRO: One person was killed and some 12 injured in three separate road accidents in Egypt, Youm7 reported Tuesday.
A car carrying three men turned over on the Nakhl-Sedr Heitan Road in Central Sinai, resulting in the death of the driver, Mohamed A., 31, and leaving the two others injured: Alaa A., 27, and Ibrahim A., 26.
A total of eight people were hospitalized in the Arish General Hospital after a truck crashed into a microbus they were taking on Arish-Qantara Sharq Road in North Sinai.
A third accident took place when a truck loaded with bricks flipped over on the International Coastal Road connecting Delta’s Kafr el-Sheikh city with Balteem city, reportedly due to high speed as the driver tried to avoid a motorcycle.
The crash left two wounded who were hospitalized with various injuries.
Thousands of Egyptians die every year due to traffic crashes. Due to its high mortality rate on the road, Egypt is one of 10 states enrolled in the UN Decade of Action program that aims to halve the deaths of road accidents by 2020.
Experts attribute the accidents to the lack of safety measures and maintenance; however, officials indicate “human error” as the main reason behind the reported accidents.
In the past two years, the country has been escalating measures to monitor road safety and raise its efficiency, 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.