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No trucks on Egypt's Suez, Ismailia highways during rush hours for safety reasons

The ministry of interior's decision comes a day after a deadly school bus accident killed four people, including a 6 year old girl in a collision on Suez road

Ahram Online , Wednesday 9 Nov 2016
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People gather at the site of a major road crash on a highway south of Cairo, Sunday, 31 January 2016. (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Egypt's Ministry of Interior will no longer allow trucks to use the Suez and Ismailia highways on the outskirts of Cairo from 6 am to 9 am and from 1 pm to 4 pm, Al Ahram Arabic website reported.

This decision comes a day after a school bus accident killed four people, including a 6 year old girl, and 17 injured in a collision on Suez road between a school bus and a truck.

The Ministry said on Wednesday that trucks will not be allowed to use the Suez and Ismailia roads from the Cairo entrance to the Ring Road.

In 2015, Egypt saw 25,500 road fatalities and14,500 car accidents in total, the official statistics body CAPMAS reported in August.

In mid-August, a campaign was launched on social media, demanding that measures be taken to reduce deadly car accidents after a high-profile truck collision in which a mother lost her seven-year-old daughter to a truck accident.

According to a 2015 global status report on road safety published by the World Health Organisation, Egypt's fatality rate ranked 16th among Arab countries and 109th globally out of 180 countries.
 

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