File photo of a microbus crash
According to security authorities, the road accident took place at the 80 km mark along the Cairo-Alexandria highway in the Cairo governorate’s direction.
Nine ambulances transferred the casualties to West Nubariya hospital.
The cause of the accident is unclear.
The prosecution is currently investigating the accident to determine its causes.
Egypt has witnessed a steady decline in the number of road accidents in recent years in parallel with national efforts to improve the country’s road network through the National Road Project that was launched in 2014.
Egypt saw a 9.3 percent drop in road accident injuries in 2021 compared to 2020, the Egyptian state’s statistical agency CAPMAS said in a report issued in August 2022.
Traffic injuries nationwide in 2021 reached 51,511, down from 56,789 in 2020, according to the report.
However, CAPMAS said that road accidents in 2021 claimed the lives of 7,101 people nationwide, up from the 6,164 deaths recorded a year prior, a 15.2 percent increase.