File photo of one of the road accidents in Egypt. Al-Ahram
Ambulances were dispatched to the accident site to transfer victims to a nearby hospital.
Initial investigations by the police suggest that the driver of the microbus lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the tractor.
To improve Egypt's transportation network and reduce traffic congestion and accidents, the government launched the National Road Project in 2014.
This involved the construction or upgrading of 7,000 kilometres of the country's 23,000-kilometre road network, as well as the installation of cutting-edge speed radars and cameras on highways and the introduction of harsher penalties for traffic violations.
In 2021, road accidents claimed the lives of 7,101 people, up from 6,164 deaths in 2020, a 15.2 percent increase, according to a report by the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS) issued in August 2022.
Over the same time, nationwide traffic injuries declined 9.3 percent to 51,511 from 56,789, as per the report