Four children die in accident on way to school in New Cairo

Ahram Online , El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Monday 2 Oct 2023

Four schoolchildren died and five others were injured when the microbus ferrying them to their schools toppled in New Cairo early on Monday, authorities said.

4 students were killed in a microbus overturn in the First Settlement. Photo courtesy of Al-Ahram Arabic Gate


The accident occurred on the Samir Ghanem bridge in the First Settlement, east of Cairo.

The injured were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and the deceased were transferred to the mortuary.

Today is the second day of the new school year in Egypt.

Investigation has been initiated to identify the cause of the accident.

Fatal road accidents are not uncommon in Egypt and are mostly linked to human errors, inadequate car maintenance, and poor road conditions.

However, the Egyptian government has embarked on an extensive scheme to improve the country’s road network through the National Road Project launched in 2014.

A total of 7,762 people died in car accidents in 2022, an increase of 6 percent from the 7,326 people who died in 2021, according to official data.

In addition, 55,991 traffic-related injuries were reported in 2022, a rise from 51,511 in 2021.

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