3 dead, 10 injured in road accident in southwest Cairo
Accident - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: A microbus flipped over on the Cairo-Asyut Road in Fayoum city, southwest of Cairo, leaving three dead and 10 injured, Egyptian Ambulance Organization (EAO) announced in a Sunday statement.

The victims were an elderly woman Zeinab, 75; Ashry, a 40-year-old man; and an unknown young man who is thought to be around 25 years old.

Around 13 emergency vehicles were dispatched to the scene of the accident. All the injured parties were transferred to El-Wasta Central Hospital in Upper Egypt’s Beni Suef city and Fayoum General Hospital, according to EAO’s statement.

The injuries varied between bruises, fractures and suspicion of post-concussion.

On Saturday, a total of 35 people were injured in three separate road accidents across Egypt, one of them occurred along Cairo-Asyut Desert Road leaving 15 injured.

Thousands of Egyptians die on the road every year as a result of road crashes. Official reports indicate that human error is behind most of the fatal accidents, however road experts place blame on the lack of safety measures.

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.

Egypt is among 10 states enrolled in a UN program that aims to half the rate of road deaths by 2020. The country has kicked off a number of projects and campaigns to monitor road safety since 2014, including building new roads, maintaining dilapidated bridges and carrying out random drug tests on drivers.

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