5 killed, 21 injured after 2-vehicle crash in Ismailia
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: A total of five people were killed and 21 others injured when two vehicles collided Monday in Ismailia, north eastern Egypt, reported Youm7.

The crash took place on the Ismailia-Zaqaziq Road between a truck carrying farmers from Salihya district and a taxi.

The victims and the injured were immediately taken to Ismailia University Hospital.

On Sunday, 44 holidaymakers were injured after their bus overturned on its way to Hurghada.

Thousands of Egyptians die every year on the road due to fatal traffic crashes, which are reportedly on the rise.

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 reports stated human errors, including speeding, are behind the accidents; however, traffic experts have stressed the lack of safety measures on Egyptian roads is the main cause.

The country, which is one of 10 states enrolled in a U.N. program to halve the crashes by 2020, embarked on several campaigns to monitor road safety by building new roads, applying maintenance of old bridges, checking on licenses and adopting random drug-tests to drivers.

Egypt has also 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 Youm March 23.

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