Car accidents in Egypt decline by 23.6 percent in 2018: CAPMAS

Egypt’s Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) reported that car accidents have declined by 23.6 percent, recording 8,480 accidents in 2018 compared to 11,089 accidents in 2017.

CAPMAS credited the decreasing rates of car accidents to improved roads across the country.

CAPMAS added that accidents in 2018 left 3,087 people dead, 11,803 injured and 13,441 vehicles damaged.

The human element was the main cause of accidents, accounting for 76.8 percent of total accidents in 2018, followed by vehicles accounting for 15.7 percent and the environmental element accounting for 2.7 percent.

On the other hand, the report noted that the number of train accidents increased by 14 percent to 2,044 accidents in 2018, compared to 1,793 accidents in 2017.

Lower Egypt’s governorates witnessed the largest number of train accidents, recording 1,364 accidents. The central zone of Upper Egypt saw the lowest number of accidents at 222 incidents, accounting for 10 percent of total train accidents in 2018.

The number of deceased from train accidents increased by 65.5 percent to 48 people in 2018, compared to 29 in 2017. The number of injured persons increased by 129.5 percent to 140 in 2018, compared to 61 in 2017.

The majority of train accidents occurred due to collision of train vehicles with cross roads, accounting for 83 cases of the total accidents in 2018.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm 

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