Two killed, 42 injured in Egypt bus accidents

Ahram Online , Monday 24 Apr 2017

Two people were killed and another 42 injured on Monday in two separate road accidents in Egypt, both involving buses.

A bus accident on the Cairo-Alexandria Road, in Beheira governorate, left two dead and 18 injured, according to Egypt's state-run news agency MENA.

The victims were taken by ambulance to Wadi Al-Natrun Central Hospital, where they are receiving the appropriate care, the health ministry spokesperson Khaled Megahed told MENA.

The bus involved in the accident was reportedly carrying workers.

Another accident on Monday morning left 24 people injured after a tourist bus overturned on the Suez-Ein Sokhna Road.

A medical source at Suez Public Hospital told MENA that 24 people were undergoing treatment for a range of injuries.

Deadly road accidents take place on an almost daily basis in Egypt, which is notorious for poor road-safety conditions, badly maintained infrastructure and loosely enforced traffic regulations.

Egypt saw 25,500 road fatalities in 2015, while the total number of car accidents was 14,500, according to a study published by the state's official statistics body CAPMAS in August 2016.

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

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