Six people died and another nine were injured in a collision between a bus and a microbus on Egypt’s Cairo – Aswan Eastern Desert Road near the Sohag Governorate’s Dar al-Salam city.
Following the accident, the Egyptian Health Directorate announced a state of emergency in all of the governorate’s hospitals, dispatching 16 ambulances to the scene.
Ambulances transferred the victims to Dar al-Salam, Akhmeme, and University of Sohag hospitals.
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 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 country 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.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm