Collision of microbus, lorry in front of Cairo University leaves 3 dead and 7 injured

Three people were killed and another seven left injured on Monday after a lorry collided with a micro-bus in front of Cairo University’s Faculty of Agriculture.

The lorry was moving in the direction opposite to the micro-bus before they collided.

According to police, the lorry had been speeding from Faisal Street towards Cairo University and then collided with the microbus which had been picking up passengers in front of Cairo University. As a result, the microbus flipped several times leading to the deaths and injuries.

Ambulances transferred the injured to al-Qasr al-Aini hospital for treatment while the dead were transferred to the morgue.

The Giza Security Director Chief Tarek Marzouq ordered police to clear the scene of any debris. Police also arrested the lorry and microbus drivers for investigation, filling a report on the incident and notifying the prosecution to finalize 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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