Five tourists injured in Red Sea highway collision

Five tourists were injured on Thursday in a collision on the Safaga-Qena highway, according to medical sources in the Red Sea governorate.

The incident occured when a car taking five tourists from Luxor to Hurghada collided with a pickup truck.

Ambulances transferred the victims to Safaga General Hospital.

The nationalities of the injured and the types of injuries have not been identified yet, said the sources.

Egypt has one of the world’s highest traffic-accident mortality rates, with traffic accidents themselves apparently on the rise.

In December, the government’s Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) said there were 6,916 accidents during the first half of 2015, compared with 6,685 accidents during the same period in 2014, an increase of 3.5 percent.

The high mortality rate is to some extent due to the large distances between ambulance stations in some areas, thus slowing response times.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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