9 killed in multi-vehicle crash south of Cairo
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: Nine were killed and 12 were injured in a multi-vehicle crash on the western desert road linking Cairo to Aswan Wednesday, Al-Ahram reported.

The accident took place after a truck, a microbus and two private cars collided near Giza’s district of El-Saf, according to Youm7.

The victims and the injured were taken to the hospital, with some reported in serious conditions.

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 last week.

Recording an increasing rate of fatal accidents each year, Egypt has begun to monitor road safety through maintenance campaigns, random drug-testing of drivers, building news roads and verifying car and driver’s licenses.

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.

The provision of road safety standards was questions and blamed for the high rate of accidents in the country; however, official statements refer to human error as the main cause.

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