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Several car accidents in Upper Egypt leave 4 dead and dozens injured

Accidents in Qena, Sohag, and Fayoum on Monday following Eid travel

Ahram Online , Monday 20 Jul 2015
File photo: Aftermath of bus crush near Abu Simbel, Aswan in December 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
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Several car accidents took place in Upper Egypt on Monday leaving at least four people dead and 43 others injured, reported state-owned MENA news agency.

In Qena governorate, two people were killed and 15 others injured after a car flipped over at the Western desert highway. Those injured were transferred to Nag Hammadi General Hospital for treatment.

In Sohag governorate, at least two people were killed and 12 others injured when a microbus and a tractor collided on the agricultural highway earlier Monday. 

In Fayoum governorate, 16 people were injured in a car accident after their bus flipped over on the Cairo-Assuit western highway. Those injured were transferred to Fayoum General Hospital. 

Hundreds of thousands of travellers use Egypt’s highways to return from the Eid Al-Fitr holiday, which officially ends on Monday, after visiting their families outside of Cairo in the Nile Delta or in Upper Egypt, during the Eid. 

Thousands die and tens of thousands are injured every year in car crashes across Egypt, a country notorious for its poor road safety record and loosely enforced traffic regulations.

‪In its latest report in April, the country's census authority said that over 14,400 road accidents occurred in Egypt in 2014, killing more than 6,200 people and injuring 25,154 others.

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