Egypt Independent

Thirteen people injured in microbus crash at Cairo’s Katameya-Sokhna road


A microbus crash at Katameya-Ain Sokhna on Saturday has left 13 people injured, who were swiftly taken by ambulances to the Health Insurance and Suez General hospitals.

According to a security source, the microbus was on its way to al-Ein al-Sokhna and overturned before the toll gate leading to the city.

A medical source added the injuries ranged from bruises, abrasions and sporadic wounds, with most of the injuries classified as mild apart from a suspected double fracture of the spine in one case.

Egypt loses about 12,000 lives to traffic accidents every year. It has a road traffic fatality rate of 42 deaths per 100,000 population, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The majority (48 percent) of those killed are passengers of four-wheelers though pedestrians also constitute a significant proportion (20 percent) of these fatalities.

According to a Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) report on 2017 accidents, car accidents on roads resulted in 3,747 deaths, 13,998 injuries, and 17,201 damaged vehicles.

The report added that the main cause of accidents was the human factor, with 78.9 percent of the total causes, followed by defects in the vehicle with 14 percent, and then environmental causes and the road condition with 2 percent of the total accidents.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm