3 killed, 4 injured in road accident near Red Sea’s Safaga
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: Three people were killed and four others injured late Thursday in a road accident near the Red Sea coastal city of Safaga, Youm7 reported.

The accident occurred after a micro bus has overturned on the desert road linking Safaga with  Upper Egypt’s governorate of Qena, security source told Youm7.

Initial investigations revealed the accident occurred when the micro bus driver lost control of the steering wheel due to over speeding.

The victims were transported to the Safaga hospital while the injured, who are in critical condition, were transported to Hurghada International Hospital.

Egypt has offered an international tender for operating the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) along highways to reduce the rate of road accidents, former Minister of Transport Saad al-Geoushi told Youm7 Wednesday.

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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