Egypt Independent

Car crash at Cairo-Alexandria desert road kills 2, injures 3

Two people were killed and three others were injured in a car crash at Cairo-Alexandria desert road, near Wadi al-Natrun City in Beheira governorate.

The crash was caused by an accidental tire explosion, a security report on Monday said.

Security forces, emergency respondents and ambulances rushed to the scene. The injured were transferred to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The police prepared a report on the accident and referred it to Public Prosecution for further investigations.

Egypt’s Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) said in a report earlier this year that car accidents have declined by 23.6 percent, recording 8,480 accidents in 2018 compared to 11,089 accidents in 2017.

CAPMAS added that accidents in 2018 left 3,087 people dead, 11,803 injured and 13,441 vehicles damaged.

The human element was the main cause of accidents, accounting for 76.8 percent of total accidents in 2018, followed by vehicles accounting for 15.7 percent and the environmental element accounting for 2.7 percent.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm