Four people die in a car crash in Qena


Four people were killed on Saturday when a pickup truck was overturned at the Qeft-al-Quseir Road in Qena governorate, Upper Egypt.

Preliminary investigations found that the accident occurred as a result of excessive speeding and the driver losing control of the steering wheel.

Three ambulances were rushed to the scene to transfer the bodies of the victims to the Qeft Central Hospital for identification. The case was referred to Public Prosecutor’s Office for further investigations.

Egypt loses roughly 12,000 lives to traffic accidents every year. It has a road traffic fatality rate of 42 deaths per 100,000 people, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The majority (48 percent) of those killed are passengers of four-wheelers, although pedestrians also constitute a significant 20 percent of these fatalities.

According to a Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) report on accidents in 2017, car accidents on roads resulted in 3,747 deaths, 13,998 injuries, and 17,201 damaged vehicles.

The report added that the main cause of accidents was the human factor, with 78.9 percent of the total causes, followed by defects in the vehicle at 14 percent, and then environmental causes (such as road conditions) with two percent of total accidents.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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