At least four people were killed، and eight others were injured today، Tuesday، after a prisoner transport vehicle overturned on Safaga short road، in Red Sea governorate.
The deceased were of Sudanese، Hindi and Pakistani nationalities، announced a Red Sea rescue worker.
A Red Sea security source revealed that the prisoner transport vehicle was an El-Qusayr police station transportation vehicle, carrying about 25 security forces and inmates on their way to Safaga court.
Major General Hossam Kamal، director of Red Sea Security، had received a notification of the accident.
Noteworthy، deadly road accidents occur on a near-daily basis in Egypt.
Egypt has the highest rate of road accidents and related deaths in the Middle East، with an average of 12،000 people killed annually، according to the World Health Organization.
At least 12،295 were reported dead in road traffic fatalities during 2007، 70% males، 30% females، while 154،000 were reported injured in road traffic non-fatalities، within the same year، according to the official statistics agency.
Meanwhile، at least 14،548 road accidents took place in Egypt in 2015.
Egypt loses about 12،000 lives due to road traffic crashes every year. It has a road traffic fatality rate of 42 deaths per 100،000 population. The majority (48%) of those killed are passengers of four-wheelers though pedestrians also constitute a significant proportion (20%) of these fatalities.
Egypt is one of the ten countries included in the WHO Road Safety in 10 countries project which will be conducted over 5-years by a consortium of six international partners.
The road safety project in Egypt is led by a project working group، consisting of representatives from the Ministries of Interior، Education، and Health، as well as academia، trauma care services and nongovernmental organizations. WHO، the Global Road Safety Partnership، the International Injury Research Unit at Johns Hopkins University and the Association for Safe International Road Travel are the international consortium partners who will provide technical guidance and funding. The WHO country office coordinates the project.
The project activities are aimed at controlling speed and increasing seat-belt wearing. In addition to the road safety prevention work، national and international stakeholders will also work in the area of data system development.