CAIRO: Five family members (a mother and four sons) were killed Friday after their private car collided with a truck along the International coastal Road in Egypt’s Delta governorate of Beheira, Youm7 reported.
The father, 49, is the only family member to have survived the accident, which, according to initial investigations, was caused as the truck drove in the wrong direction.
Dead bodies of the victims were transported to a hospital morgue. The truck driver was not injured.
Thousands of Egyptians die every year in road accidents. 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.
Four days ago, one person was killed and some 12 injured in three separate road accidents in Egypt’s North and Central Sinai, and in Beheria, Youm7 reported.
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.