Two bus drivers given 10-year prison sentence over Sharm El-Sheikh deadly crash

Ahram Online , Thursday 25 Dec 2014

The two drivers were found responsible for the death of 44 passengers in a bus collision near Sharm El-Sheikh last August

A South Sinai misdemeanor court sentenced Thursday two bus drivers to ten years in jail and handed them a LE100,000 fine each for their responsibility of the death of 44 passengers in a bus crash in Sharm El-Sheikh last August. 

Defendants Mostafa Ahmed and Hossam Lotfi are the drivers of the two buses which collided on 22 August en route to the Sharm Sheikh Red Sea resort.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), road accidents are considered one of the primary causes of death in Egypt.

An average of 18 people died on a daily basis in road accidents in Egypt in 2013, according to a recent report from the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS), the country's statistical body.

A total of 50,051 accidents took place in 2013, 0.04 percent higher than in 2012, according to the report, with the highest number of accidents occurring in December (5,105).

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