Aswan bus crash kills 2, injures 6

Two people were killed and six others were injured, including two tourists, in a bus crash on southern Aswan on Saturday.

A security statement said that the accident occurred when two buses collided with each other on the Abu Simbel tourist road near Karkar village.

Ambulances rushed to the scene and transported the victims to a nearby hospital.

Legal procedures were carried out regarding the incident, and prosecutors were notified for investigations.

Egypt has a road traffic fatality rate of 42 deaths per 100,000 people, according to the World Health Organization. The majority (48 percent) of those killed are passengers of four-wheeled automobiles, although pedestrians also constitute a significant proportion (20 percent) of these fatalities.

Egypt’s Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) said in a report earlier this year that car accidents have declined by 23.6 percent, recording 8,480 accidents in 2018 compared to 11,089 accidents in 2017.

CAPMAS added that accidents in 2018 left 3,087 people dead, 11,803 injured and 13,441 vehicles damaged.

The human element was the main cause of accidents, accounting for 76.8 percent of total accidents in 2018, followed by vehicles accounting for 15.7 percent and the environmental element accounting for 2.7 percent.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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