Death toll in double-decker bus rollover on Cairo-Sokhna Road rises to 8

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Friday 2 Sep 2022

The death toll from a double-decker bus rollover on the Cairo-Ain Sokhna Road on Friday has risen to eight and the figure of those injured dropped to 43, according to various reports.

Cairo-Sokhna Road
A double-decker bus overturned on Cairo-Ain Sokhna Road on Friday. Press photo

 

The dead included six women and a child while the injured included 14 who are in critical condition, Reuters cited two medical sources as saying.

Ambulances that rushed to the site of the accident moved the injured to Suez General Hospital and the dead to mortuaries.

A security source told Reuters that the bus was on its way from Cairo to Ain Sokhna in Suez governorate when the accident took place a short distance from final destination, 

The Public Prosecution has launched an investigation to determine the causes of the deadly incident.

On Wednesday, another deadly crash in Suez governorate left three dead and 30 injured after a truck carrying asphalt crashed into a passenger bus on Galala Road.

In 2014, the government launched the National Road Project to modernise the country’s road network and also tightened traffic laws in order to lower deadly accidents.

By 2019, Egypt climbed to 28th place in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report in terms of the quality of its road infrastructure, compared to 118th place in 2014.

Moreover, the country recorded a 9.3 percent drop in traffic injuries in 2021 compared to 2020, according to a report released by the country’s Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS) in July 2022.

The number of traffic injuries across Egypt in 2021 was 51,511, down from 2020’s 56,789, the CAPMAS report said.

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