Egypt sees rise in roadway accidents, drop in fatalities

Ahram Online , Monday 21 Dec 2015

File Photo: Egyptian motorists turn back with their vehicles after the main street was blocked in downtown Cairo, Egypt, March 10, 2013 (AP)

Egypt saw 2,890 people killed in train and roadway accidents nationwide during the first half of the current year, state statistics body CAPMAS said in an e-mailed statement on Monday.

Though the number of accidents was higher than last year, the number of deaths declined by 7.2 percent and injuries were down by19 percent, according to CAMPAS.  

The first six months in 2015 recorded 6,916 car accidents and 640 accidents on railways, while the same period in 2014 saw 6,685 and 461 accidents respectively.

According to CAPMAS, the Cairo-Alexandria agricultural road saw the highest number of crashes, while the Cairo-Fayoum road saw the lowest.

In April, Egypt signed a $600 million framework agreement with the China Railway Construction Corporation to renovate railway tracks along the national railway network.

In January 2014, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi vowed to upgrade the road network, extending it by 4,400km.

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