At least 25 people were injured earlier today، Tuesday، in two separate car accidents in Beheira and El-Sharqia governorates، Health Ministry announced.
The first accident had occurred after a microbus overturned “Cairo–Alexandria” desert road، in Cairo، leaving 16 people injured.
Meanwhile، the second accident resulted in the injury of 9 others as a bus overturned on “Belbes-10th of Ramadan” road، in El-Sharqia governorate.
The injured were transferred to Belbeis Central Hospital، General Authority for Health Insurance Hospital، and to One Day Surgeries Hospital for treatment.
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 14،548 road accidents took place in Egypt in 2015، according to the official statistics agency.
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 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.