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22 killed, 16 injured in Port Said road accident

The bus, carrying factory laborers, crashed with a truck on Port Said-Damietta highway

MENA , Ahram Online , Saturday 28 Dec 2019
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Up to 22 people were killed and 8 others injured when a bus overturned in Port Said Saturday.

The bus, carrying factory laborers, crashed with a truck on Port Said-Damietta highway.

Ambulances rushed to the scene to move the injured to nearby hospitals.

Deadly road accidents take place on a daily basis in Egypt due to poor road safety, badly maintained infrastructure, and loosely enforced traffic regulations.

However, Egypt has allocated millions of pounds to developing and expanding road networks in recent years. A comprehensive traffic law to crack down on violators and enhance safety is set to go into effect in 2020.

From 2015 to 2018, deaths from road accidents in Egypt decreased by 44.2%, according to a 2019 report by the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS).

However, according to a recent report by the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS), the number of road accidents reached 5,220 in the first half of 2019, up from 4,426 in the same period in 2018, an increase of 17.9 percent. Road accidents in the first half of 2019 left 1,567 dead and 6,046 injured, and damaged 8,335 vehicles.

 

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