Egypt Independent

Fourteen injured in 2 road accidents due to heavy mist



Fourteen citizens were injured in two accidents due to heavy mist on Tuesday on the desert road in Beheira governorate. The road was closed until visibility cleared, Al-Ahram news website reported.

Head of Beheira Security Directorate Gamal al-Rasheidy received notification of the incident.

According to investigations, a microbus carrying farmers hit a pick-up truck because of the heavy mist, injuring ten passengers from both vehicles.

At kilometer 76, two microbuses also collided because of the heavy mist, injuring four passengers.

The injured were transferred to Wadi al-Natroun Hospital and legal measures were taken regarding the two incidents.

According to a report by Egypt’s Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) for 2017, road accidents that year resulted in 3,747 deaths, 13,998 injuries, and 17,201 damaged vehicles.

The report claims that the leading cause of road accidents is the human factor at 78.9 percent of total cases, followed by vehicle defects at 14 percent, and environmental causes, such as road conditions, at two percent.

In another report, CAPMAS mentioned that collisions had declined by 24.2 percent in the first half of 2018.

The report said that car accidents declined to 4,426 accidents in the period from January-June 2018, compared to 5,836 accidents in the same period of 2017.

The number of deceased persons declined by 19.1 percent to 1,560 persons in the first half of 2018, compared to 1,929 in the same period of 2017. The number of injured persons declined by 17.7 percent to 5,936 in the first half of 2018, compared to 7,217 people in the same period 2017.