Ring Road accident (Al-Ahram Arabic website)
Authorities reopened Cairo's Ring Road after removing spilled diesel fuel following a collision involving a fuel truck crashed on Sunday morning.
An informed source at the petroleum ministry said that a privately owned fuel diesel truck collided with another truck loaded with gravel, leading to an oil spill on the vital highway.
The accident is the second of its kind over the past few weeks.
Earlier this month, a fuel truck overturned following a crash on Cairo’s Ring Road, injuring at least five people after flames from the crash spread to other cars.
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.
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.