4 killed, 2 injured in road accidents in Sohag
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

CAIRO:  Four people were killed and two others injured Friday in two separate road accidents in Upper Egypt’s governorate of Sohag, Youm7 reported.

Three people were killed after their car fell into a side canal in Sohag’s town of Manshaa. Initial investigations revealed the accident occurred when the driver lost control of the steering wheel due to over speeding.

The other accident occurred near the governorate’s town of Ikhmim after a private car flipped over along a desert road linking Sohag with the Red Sea governorate of Hurghada. The reason of the accident remains unknown. However, the car driver died immediately while two passengers were injured before they were transported to Ikhmim General Hospital.

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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