Two people were killed and 23 were injured in two separate traffic accidents on Saturday on Red Sea roads.
In the first incident, two people were killed and 18 others left injured in a microbus crash on the Ras Ghareb – Hurghada road. Ambulances rushed to the scene and transferred the victims to Hurghada General Hospital.
In the other accident, five people were injured in a car crash, with ambulances rushing the injured to Ras Ghareb Central Hospital for treatment.
Egypt loses about 12,000 lives to traffic accidents every year. It has a road traffic fatality rate of 42 deaths per 100,000 population, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The majority (48 percent) of those killed are passengers of four-wheelers though pedestrians also constitute a significant proportion (20 percent) of these fatalities.
According to a Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) report on 2017 accidents, 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 with 14 percent, and then environmental causes and the road condition with 2 percent of the total accidents.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm