Amid early fog, four people killed in Cairo-Alexandria Desert Road car accident

Ahram Online , Sunday 3 Dec 2017

The accident follows several reported Saturday, also amid reports of early-morning fog

File photo: Vehicles travel in cold, wet, rainy and foggy weather in the Maadi suburb of Cairo, Egypt (Reuters)

Four people were killed and 39 others injured in a collision involving several cars on the Cairo-Alexandria Desert Road early Sunday amid fog, Egypt's Ministry of Health announced.

According to the head of the Ambulance Authority Ahmed Al-Ansry, 20 ambulance crews were sent to the accident. The victims and the injured were transferred to nearby hospitals. Most of the injuries are fractures and concussion.

Amid early fog, several road accidents were reported in Egypt Saturday, including on the Autostrad in Cairo as well the International Coastal Highway in Kafr El-Sheikh, where 22 people were injured in a collision involving several vehicles. 

Early fog usually happens in Egypt during winter. Currently, there are warnings issued by the government as well news websites to drivers to be cautious in the early morning in upcoming weeks. 

Deadly road crashes take place on a near daily basis in Egypt, which is notorious for poor road safety, badly maintained infrastructure, and loosely enforced traffic regulations.

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

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