Microbus crash kills 8 people at Regional Ring Road in Qalyubiya

Eight people were killed and seven others injured on Sunday when a microbus crashed from behind with a truck at the Regional Ring Road near Banha, Qalyubia governorate.

Security services and ambulances rushed to the scene.

The deceased and injured were transferred to nearby hospitals, while traffic department officials cleared the road and reopened it for traffic.

A preliminary inspection of the scene showed that excessive speeding was the main reason behind the accident.

The annual report of the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) released in June said that traffic accidents in Egypt rose by 17.8 percent in 2019, with 9,992 car accidents compared to 8,480 in 2018.

The agency added that the number of car accident deaths rose to 3,484 in 2019 – an increase of 12.9 percent. The rate of car accidents increased to 27.4 accidents per day in 2019, it said.

CAPMAS attributed the main cause of car accidents to human error at 79.7 percent of the total road accident causes in 2019, followed by technical vehicle defects at 13.5 percent.

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