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Road crash kills 19 in Egypt's Luxor

A road accident in the southern governrate of Luxor leaves 19 dead and 22 injured late on Monday

Ahram Online, Tuesday 26 Aug 2014
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Governor of Luxor Tarek Saad El-Din checking one of the injured in the crash at a local hospital, Luxor, Egypt, Tuesday, August 26, 2014 (Photo: Ahram Arabic news website)
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Nineteen people have been killed and 17 wounded in a road accident involving two microbuses in southern Egypt, state news agency MENA reported, the latest in a series of deadly traffic accidents in the country in recent days.

The accident took place late on Monday in a village called Al-Dabaiya in the temple city of Luxor when two microbuses collided, left the road and fell into a canal.

Al-Ahram Arabic news website said a car travelling in the wrong direction was the cause of the crash.

Governor of Luxor Tarek Saad El-Din and provincial security chief Montaser Abu Zeid paid a visit to the injured at a local hospital late on the day, Ahram Arabic news website reported. 

The death toll was expected to climb to 25 earlier in the morning with several of the cases being in a critical condition, MENA quoted local head of the ambulance services, Abu Al-Naga Al-Hagagy, as saying.

Rescue workers were pulling victims from the water early in the morning.

Traffic accidents, which the government's census agency says claim 18 lives a day, are commonplace in Egypt due to badly maintained roads and railways and poorly enforced traffic laws. Egyptians have often complained that successive governments have done little to uphold the minimum safety standards to prevent frequent accidents.

According to a 2012 report by the World Health Organisation, road accidents kill about 12,000 people in Egypt every year.

On Friday, at least 44 people died and dozens were injured when two buses collided in the southern part of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, near a popular Red Sea resort, local prosecutors said.

A recent government report said that 100,000 car accidents took place in Egypt from 2008 to 2012, with 33,000 killed and another 150,000 injured. 

The report, jointly drawn up in April by the ministries of transport and interior, said that large trucks were to blame for 40 percent of traffic accidents, while private vehicles causes 33 percent of crashes, followed by microbuses (9 percent) and buses (7 percent).

In one of the most tragic accidents, 50 people,  mainly schoolchildren, were killed in November 2012 when a train ploughed into their school bus at a level crossing in Cairo.

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expat
27-08-2014 07:24pm
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i always have to wonder
when i sit in front of the 4000 year old luxor temple and compare the technics and skills and most important the government skills to lead towards the today world going arround this fine piece of statehood religion can be the way down,in egypt it is proven
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Hind Rustom
27-08-2014 03:42pm
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I have a solution for this problem
Just blame it on MB and terror After all,these microbuses were designed with malice aforethought by Islamist scientists in German 500 years ago.
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expat
26-08-2014 09:02pm
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ever been...to luxor licence police station and riding tests?
you would not wonder any more,how this kind of daily drama could happen i know the place all over,guys aged 10-12 riding bikes,barely able to reach the foot break... but it happens right under the nose of the police at that station...i dont wonder,that this happens,as all management here is cut the benefit and forget about the job,as long,as no mayor accident happens,and if,pretend some action and go back to sleep,once the media is out your office...
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Aladdin, Egypt
26-08-2014 04:37pm
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Blind Drives
THis sill continue happening as long as the police does not enforce strict regulations. No other nation allows blind divers except Egypt. You may judge a nation by the people drive.
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medo
26-08-2014 11:09am
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Enough!
That is over 70 deaths in just a few days that involve buses and micro buses... when we laws finally be changed to protect people travelling by public transport? In micro buses, drivers spend half the time counting money and giving change while they should be concentrating on the road... they all drive at crazy speeds.. When we are number one in the world for deaths on the roads, that is the time for something to change...
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Democracia
26-08-2014 03:32pm
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It is a miracle....
Thats right, Medo, but it is just a miracle, that not even more people are dying in the streets. One of the minibuses involved was coming or going to a wedding party. I f you ever saw how they drive in this wedding convois with the children on the roof and so on, really you wonder about nothing anymore...
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