Egyptian prosecution detains bus driver that collided with truck killing 23 in Minya

Ahram Online , Wednesday 20 Jul 2022

The Egyptian Public Prosecution has ordered the detention of a bus driver for four days pending investigation after colliding with a truck on Tuesday killing 23 passengers and injuring 29 others.

Public Prosecution
Public Prosecution building

 

The passenger bus belonging to the joint-stock company Golden Horse was heading from Assiut to Cairo with 45 passengers aboard on the country’s Northern desert road near Mallawi city when it rear-ended a truck, sources told Ahram Online.

Injured people told the prosecution that the bus driver exceeded the speed limit when he hit the truck, the prosecution said in a statement on Wednesday.

Police investigations, prosecution inspections, and a technical engineer also confirmed that the driver was speeding, the statement noted.

Blood and urine tests detected that the bus driver had been taking drugs, the prosecution added.

The bus driver denied the allegations and asserted that the accident took place as he was surprised by the truck stopping on the road after another car overtook him.

Minya’s Solidarity Directorate has announced the disbursement of an urgent relief of EGP 10,000 for the victims' families and EGP 2,000 each for the injured.

With traffic accidents happening almost on daily basis, Egypt has been witnessing a steady decline in the number of accidents in recent years in light of national efforts to improve the country’s road network.

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

Egypt recorded 56,789 and 6,164 traffic injuries and deaths respectively in 2020, according to the report.

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