Egypt Independent

Four killed in separate traffic accidents in Sohag

Four people were killed in two separate traffic accidents in Sohag, Upper Egypt, on Friday.

In one incident, a car fell into a ditch in the town of Manshaa, killing three people on board. The accident occurred when the driver lost control of the steering wheel, according to reports.

Another incident involved a car turning over in Akhmim, on the road linking Sohag to the Red Sea. The driver was killed, while two others on board were injured.

Egypt has one of the world’s highest traffic-accident mortality rates, with traffic accidents themselves apparently on the rise

In December, the government’s Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) said there were 6,916 accidents during the first half of 2015, compared with 6,685 accidents during the same period in 2014, an increase of 3.5 percent.

The high mortality rate is to some extent due to the large distances between ambulance stations in some areas, thus slowing response times.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm