Apr. 27, 2016 12:15
CAIRO: Three were killed and 15 others were injured after a mini truck carrying workers flipped over in Upper Egypt’s Minya Tuesday, Youm7 reported.
The injured include youth and children whose ages range between 12 to 35 years old. They were transferred in eight ambulance vehicles to the hospital sustaining wounds, fractures, bruises and suspicion in concussion.
These sorts of accidents occur on a nearly weekly basis, the head of the Egyptian Ambulance Authority Ahmed el-Ansary told Youm7.
Ansary said that the reason for such crashes is that people use the mini-trucks in transport, which is wrong, due to its lack of safety standards.
Egypt has started adopting several projects and campaigns to adjust road safety measures as reports show high death tolls every year as a result of fatal crashes.
On Tuesday, four people were killed and 10 injured after a 14-passenger microbus collided with a private car along Cairo-Alexandria desert road.
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.
Since 2014, a campaign of random drug-tests to drivers kicked off, under which dozens of drivers were found to be under the influence. A national road project concerned with building new roads and another one to maintain old, dilapidated bridges is also underway.
An international tender has been offered by the country to operate 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.