6 DEAD, 34 WOUNDED IN BUS OVERTURN IN NORTHERN EGYPT

CAIRO– At least six people were killed and 34 others wounded on Saturday due to a bus overturn on a highway in Egypt’s coastal province of Matrouh north of the capital Cairo, Matrouh Health Directorate said in a statement.

The victims are holidaymakers who have been on their way back to Cairo from the Mediterranean province.

In mid-July, a similar road accident in Matrouh killed 10 people and injured 25 others.

Egypt suffers a high rate of traffic accidents that kill thousands of people every year due to lack of highway monitoring systems, inadequate road maintenance and negligence of traffic rules.

According to the country’s official statistics authority, accidents in Egypt rose by 1.1 in 2016 to reach 14,710 cases, leaving 5,343 dead. The number declined by 24.5 percent in 2017 to 11,100 cases, leaving about 3,700 people dead and 14,000 injured.

Human errors are responsible for about 80 percent of road accidents in the most populous Arab country, while vehicle technical problems and external factors, like bad weather and poor road lights, come next.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK