CAIRO: Five people were killed and nine others injured on Thursday after a microbus collided with a bus along the Cairo Aswan eastern desert road near Asyut governorate, Youm7 reported statement from governorate’s security directorate.
The victims, aged between 15 to 51 years, were transported to a morgue in Central Abnoub Hospital in Asyut, while the injured were admitted to Asyut University Hospital and and Al-Iman Public Hospital.
All victims are residents of Upper Egypt’s Qena governorate. Investigations were launched to determine the reasons behind the accident.
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.)
One person was killed and five others injured in two separate road accidents in Egypt Thursday.
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.