Upper Egypt car crash kills 5 people, injures 2

Five people were killed and two others injured in a car crash in Upper Egypt on Saturday.

A private car and pick up truck collided at a single-lane road connecting the old Eastern Desert Road and the New Eastern Desert Road at Minya village of Barsha, according to security sources.

The victims were aged between 21-51 years old, and were all referred to Mallawi General Hospital.

Car accidents in Egypt rose by 17.8 percent in 2019, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) announced, with 9,992 car accidents compared to to 8,480 in 2018.

In a June report on accident rates, the agency added that the number of car accident deaths rose to 3,484 in 2019 – an increase of 12.9 percent.

It said that in 2019 accident rates with regard to population recorded an 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 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.

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