Five people killed in traffic accident on Ring Road, Cairo outskirts

Five people were killed and 16 others injured during Wednesday’s early hours on the Ring Road near al-Salam area, eastern Cairo.

A police statement said that early investigations found that the casualties were caused by a truck-trailer crashing with a minibus.

An official case was filed for the incident, and prosecutors were notified for further investigation. Police reopened the road for traffic after removing the wreckage.

Egypt has a road traffic fatality rate of 42 deaths per 100,000 members of the country’s population, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Forty-eight percent of those killed are passengers of four-wheelers, though pedestrians also constitute a significant proportion at 20 percent.

Egypt’s Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) reported that 8,480 automobile accidents were recorded in 2018.

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.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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