12 killed, 28 injured in road accident south of Cairo

Ahram Online , Thursday 19 Jul 2018

The incident happened when a truck carrying cement crashed into a two-storey building along a major thoroughfare in Minya's Sharfa village

Twelve people were killed in truck accident in Minya, south of Cairo, 19 July,2018 (Photo: Ahram Arabic Gate)

Twelve people were killed and 28 others wounded in a major car accident in the southern governorate of Minya, Egypt’s health ministry said Thursday.

The accident took place when a truck carrying cement smashed into another vehicle and a two-storey building along a major thoroughfare near Minya's Sharfa village, ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said in a statement. Al-Ahram Arabic news website said the other vehicle was carrying quarry workers.

Eighteen ambulances were dispatched to scene and those wounded have been sent to nearby hospitals. Injures, ranging from slight to moderate, include brain hemorrhage, abdominal bleeding, fractures, bruises and abrasions in different parts of the body, the spokesman added.

Last week, ten people were killed and 25 injured when a bus crashed into a truck on a highway connecting the northern coastal cities of Alexandria and Marsa Matrouh.

Deadly road accidents take place on a near daily basis in Egypt, which is notorious for poor road safety, badly maintained infrastructure, and loosely enforced traffic regulations.

The country's official statistics agency said in April that more than 11,000 road accidents took place in Egypt in 2017, down from around 15,000 accidents in the previous year.

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