Collision in Sohag leaves 3 people dead and six injured

A collision between a pick up car and a taxi on the eastern agricultural road at the entrance of  the Balabish al-Motagda village in Dar al-Salam has left three people dead and six others injured.

The Chief of Sohag Security Directorate Hassan Mahmoud was alerted by the Dar al-Salam Police Station about the collision.

Police investigations showed that the steering wheel of a pick-up car shifted from the driver’s hands due to the explosion of the rear right tire, causing him to collide with a taxi and both of them to run into the wall of a house built adjacent to the road.

The victims were transferred to Dar Al-Salam Central Hospital and Sohag University Hospital, and the police filed a report on the incident to prosecution to finalize investigations.

Car accidents in Egypt rose by 17.8 percent in 2019, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) reported, with 9,992 reported accidents compared to 8,480 in 2018.

In a June 2020 report on traffic accidents, the agency added that the number of car accident deaths rose to 3,484 in 2019 – an increase of 12.9 percent.

In 2019, the reported recorded one accident per 10,000 people, while the rate for vehicles was 0.9 accidents per 1,000 vehicles, and the death rate was 3.6 deaths per 100,000 people.

The rate of car accidents within Egypt increased to 27.4 accidents per day in 2019, it said.

CAPMAS attributed the main cause of car accidents to human error at 79.7 percent of the total road accident causes in 2019, followed by technical vehicle defects at 13.5 percent.

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