The Destructed Bus - Egypt Today/Fayza Mersal
CAIRO – 7 February 2019: Three people were killed and 19 others were injured after two buses crashed into each other on a highway in Tur Sinai, South Sinai, while heading to Sharm El-Sheikh city, Red Sea.
Two children, a 6-year-old Egyptian boy and a 6-year-old Iraqi girl, are among the dead people. The third victim is an Egyptian woman at the age of 30. The number of injured Egyptians reached 12, while another seven injured people are Iraqi nationals. The injured people were transported to the nearest hospitals.
Thousands of Egyptians die on the road every year due to traffic accidents. Egypt recorded 11,098 traffic accidents in 2017, a 24.6 percent decrease compared to 14,710 accidents in 2016, according to a statement by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS.)
In the Hospital - Egypt Today/ Fatma Mersal
Those accidents resulted in the death of 3,747 people, the injury of 13,998, and the damage of 17,201 vehicles, according to the report released by CAPMAS concerning 2017.
The development of the national road network helped decrease road accidents in 2017, according to the state’s official agency.
Seventy-two percent of traffic accidents in Egypt occur due to human error, according to statistics released by CAPMAS of car and train accidents in 2016.
The country is among the 10 states enrolled in a UN program that aims to half the rate of road deaths by 2020. Since 2014, Egypt has launched a number of projects and campaigns to monitor road safety; including building new roads, maintaining dilapidated bridges and carrying out random drug tests on drivers.