10 conscripts injured after police vehicle flip-over in Upper Egypt
Egyptian security forces - YOUM7(ARCHIVE)

CAIRO: A central security vehicle flipped over on the Western Road in Upper Egypt’s Asyut Sunday, injuring 10 conscripts, according to Youm7.

The accident reportedly took place due to a heavy sandstorm blowing across the country.

Rapid rescue forces were deployed to the accident site; they removed the damages off the road and transferred the injured to a police hospital.

Many traffic accidents have taken place in Upper Egypt’s cities where there is a lack of regular road maintenance.

On March 10, at least 12 police conscripts and six civilians were killed in North Sinai after a bus carrying the victims collided with a truck.

Last month, at least eight children were killed in two separate road accidents on the same day.

Road crashes are commonplace in Egypt, with thousands losing their lives on the road every year.

The official census authority said that over 14,400 road accidents occurred in Egypt in 2014, leaving more than 6,000 dead.

Egypt is among 10 countries enrolled in the U.N. “Decade of Action” that aims to halve the number of accidents by 2020.

Over the past two years, the country has 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.

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