5 prisoners injured after Police van turned over
Egyptian police - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: A police van carrying prisoners turned over on Qena-Sohag desert road, injuring five prisoners, Youm7 reported Friday.

The five prisoners have been transferred to a hospital for treatment, yet their health condition remains undisclosed, a security source told Youm7.

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, renovating dilapidated bridges and carrying out random drug tests on drivers.

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