Road crashes outside Cairo leave four killed, eight wounded

Ahram Online , Sunday 18 Jan 2015

Crashes in Fayoum and Sharqiya on Saturday left four dead and a number of people 'critically' injured

Four people died and eight others injured in two separate road crashed outside Cairo on Saturday, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.

The accidents are the latest in near daily crashes plaguing Egypt and that kill about 12,000 people every year, according to 2012 figures issued by the World Health Organisation.

One person was killed and five others wounded when their pick-up truck ploughed into a traffic island on a motorway near Fayoum governorate, south of Cairo, Al-Ahram said.

Earlier in the day, three people died and three were "critically" wounded in an accident involving six vehicles in the Nile Delta governorate of Sharqiya, according to the state agency MENA.

Egypt is notorious for its poor road safety record where roadways are poorly maintained and traffic regulations loosely enforced.

A recent government report said that 100,000 car accidents took place in Egypt from 2008 to 2012, with 33,000 killed and another 150,000 injured.

In November, 18 people were killed when a bus packed with high school students burst into flames after it collided with three other vehicles in Lower Egypt, prompting the government to introduce amendments to a traffic law that set harsher penalties for traffic violations.


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