Egypt Independent

Twelve die and three suffer injuries in Monufiya traffic accident



Twelve people have died while three were left injured on Wednesday following a collision between a lorry and pick-up car in Sadat city, Monufiya.

The Director of the Monufiya Security Directorate Mohammed Nagy was notified by the Chief of the Sadat Police Station of a collision between a labor-transporting pick up car and a freight-transporting lorry car at the al-Agezy checkpoint in Sadat.

Eight ambulances were dispatched to the scene of the accident, transferring the injured to the Sheben al-Kom University Hospital and the deceased to the Sadat Public Hospital.

Police filed a report on the incident and referred to prosecution to complete investigations.

Egypt has a road traffic fatality rate of 42 deaths per 100,000 people, according to the World Health Organization. The majority (48 percent) of those killed are passengers of four-wheeled automobiles, although pedestrians also constitute a significant proportion (20 percent) of these fatalities.

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