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Truck-microbus collision in Cairo leaves 19 dead

A traffic accident between a microbus and a truck in Cairo killed 19 people on Wednesday.

The accident occurred on the Middle Ring Road from 6 of October City to Fayoum Governorate, southwest of  Cairo, according to Al-Ahram newspaper.

The newspaper quoted eyewitnesses as saying that the truck driver died while driving and lost control of the vehicle causing the accident.

The truck hit a number of lampposts, crossed the road in the opposite direction, and collided with the microbus, which led to the death of all its passengers.

The annual report of the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) released in 2020 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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