4 killed, 16 injured in truck-taxi collision in Upper Egypt
Accident - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Four people were killed and 16 others were injured after a truck carrying workers collided with a taxi in Upper Egypt, Youm7 reported Sunday.

The accident took place on the Sohag-Nagaa Hammadi Road, leaving the taxi vehicle on fire until it completely burnt out.

Four ambulance vehicles were dispatched to the site of the accident to transfer the injured to hospitals.

Undersecretary of the Health Ministry in Sohag, Yosri Bayoumi, said that hospitals across the governorate were told to prepare for an increase in patients. Blood banks were also put on alert.

The health status of the injured has not yet been disclosed.

On Saturday, a microbus overturned on a highway en-route to the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, leaving five people injured.

A source told Youm7 that the injuries ranged from fractures, bruises and wounds; the injured were hospitalized, treated and released shortly after.

At least 84 people were injured in separate road accidents involving microbuses on May 15, according to statements by the Ministry of Health.

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 bridges and carrying out random drug tests on drivers.

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