Egypt's prosecution detains driver in deadly canal accident pending investigations

Ahram Online , Friday 15 Jul 2022

Egypt's Public Prosecution ordered on Thursday the detention of an 18-year-old man for four days pending an investigation into accusations of negligence in the death of four children after the bus he was driving overturned and fell into El-Salam Canal.



On Wednesday evening, the bus, which was carrying 27 children returning from a Quran competition in Damietta governorate, overturned and fell into El-Salam Canal on the road connecting the governorates of Damietta and Daqahliya uin the Nile Delta.

The prosecution is investigating the 18-year-old driver for causing the death of the four children due to his negligence and ordered him to submit to a drug test.

A number of survivors told the prosecution that the bus fell into the canal when the driver tried to dodge a bump in the road.

The driver, for his part, said during the interrogation that he lost control of the vehicle after the steering wheel malfunctioned, causing the vehicle to overturn into the canal.

The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed El-Tayyeb has expressed mourning for the victims, and ordered quick compensation for the families of the deceased and the injured, according to Al-Azhar Facebook page.

Egypt has witnessed a steady decline in the number of road accidents in recent years in parallel with national efforts to improve the countrywide road network.

The country reported a drop of 28.9 percent in road traffic injuries and 8.9 percent in deaths in 2020 compared to the previous year, the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS) said in a report in November.

The number of road traffic injuries and deaths were 56,789 and 6,164, respectively, in 2020, according to the report.

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