7 killed in 2 separate road accidents Friday
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: At least seven were killed Friday in two separate road accidents, one of which took place when a petrol-loaded truck flipped over killing the driver, Youm7 reported.

A petrol-loaded truck caught on fire after one of its tires exploded on Suez-Ain Sokhna Road. The fire was contained after civil protection forces interfered.

Mohamed el-Dafrawy, an official at Suez Traffic Department, said that the driver died as he was jumping off the vehicle while it is turning over.

Meanwhile, six people were killed and five other injured in a multi-vehicle crash above Joseph Tito Bridge in Cairo’s El-Nozha el-Gadida due to “reckless driving and over speeding,” according to Youm7.

The victims and the injured were transferred to the hospital.

Thousands of Egyptians die on the road every day due to traffic crashes. Egypt has recorded 14,548 traffic accidents in 2015, a one percent increase compared to 2014, according to a statement by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS.)

The crashes resulted in 6,203 deaths, injured 19,325 people and damaged 19,116 vehicles, according to CAPMAS.

“63.3 percent of accidents on highways in 2015 are due to human error, followed by the technical status of the vehicle recording 22.9 percent,” read the statement.

The Cairo Post has previously quoted road experts who blamed the fatal crashes on lack of maintenance and safety measures on Egyptian roads and bridges.

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

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