At least five injured after fuel truck overturn on Cairo's Ring Road

Ahram Online , Saturday 8 Aug 2020

Ring Road crash
At least five injured after fuel truck overturn on Cairo's Ring Road (Photo Courtesy of State TV website)

At least five injured in fuel truck crash on Cairo's Ring Road
At least five people were injured after a fuel truck overturned following a crash on Cairo’s Ring Road. Flames from the crash spread to other cars, a security source told state-run MENA news agency on Saturday.

The security source added that civil defence forces were immediately dispatched to the scene and controlled the fire to restore traffic on the vital road.

The injured were transferred to hospitals to receive medical treatment, he added.

The Ring Road is notorious for traffic accidents, and heavy trucks are often blamed for deadly crashes on the country's highways.

Deadly road accidents take place on a near-daily basis in Egypt, which suffers from poorly maintained road infrastructure and loosely applied traffic regulations.

Road accidents in Egypt dropped by 41.1 percent to record 8,480 accidents in 2018, down from 14,403 accidents in 2014, an infograph by the Egyptian cabinet showed last year.

Deaths due to accidents declined by 50.5 percent from 2014 to 2018, with 3,087 deaths in 2018, down from 6,236 in 2014.

In 2017, the government passed a new comprehensive traffic law to crack down on violators and enhance safety and security by introducing jail terms and hefty fines for traffic offences. The draft law is being discussed in the House of Representatives.

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