CAIRO: At least 84 people were injured in separate road accidents involving microbuses Sunday, according to statements by the Ministry of Health.
The first accident took place after a microbus flipped over on a desert road in Upper Egypt’s Minya leaving 41 injured. Twelve ambulance vehicles were dispatched to the site of the incident.
The head of Ambulance Authority Ahmed el-Ansary said in a statement that 15 people suffered from wounds, fractures and post concussion after a microbus turned over in Wadi el-Gadi governorate, southwestern of Egypt.
Ansary added that another microbus crash took place in Belbeis city in Delta’s Al-Sharqiah governorate, leaving 12 injured, with one in serious condition.
In Delta’s Beheira governorate, at least 16 were injured after a microbus collided with a bus; they were all taken to Damanhur Hospital for treatment.
A microbus is considered a cheap and convenient means of transport in Egypt and is largely used by commuters across the country.
The road user category that constitutes the most death rates in Egypt are the occupants of 4-wheeled cars and light vehicles, representing 49 percent, according to the World Health Organization 2015 report on global road safety.
Thousands of Egyptians die on the road every year due to traffic accidents. Egypt 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 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.