Two die, seven suffer injuries in Assiut Microbus collision

Two people died and seven others were injured when two microbuses collided at the Menqbad bridge in Assiut.

Police cars and ambulances immediately moved to the scene of the incident. According to investigations, speeding caused the accident.

The dead were transferred to Al-Iman General Hospital and the wounded to Assiut University Hospital.

Legal measures were taken and prosecutors were notified for investigation.

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.

In its annual report, Egypt’s Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) stated that car accidents recorded 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

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