Fatal transportation accidents continue to rise in Egypt - state agency

Sunday 08-05-2016 01:58 PM

Traffic collision accident in Hurghada, Egypt in Dec. 2012. REUTERS.

CAIRO, May 8 (Aswat Masriya) – Car accidents have killed around 6,200 and injured more than 19,000, and train accidents have risen by 18.3 per cent in 2015, a state-run statistics agency said on Sunday. 

The Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS) added in its latest annual bulletin on transportation accidents that train accidents have increased in the past year due to the “lack of attention” given to developing level crossings. 

As for car accidents, they rose to 14,500 in 2015, with a mere 1 per cent increase from the previous year. 

More than 63 per cent of car accidents were caused by humans, with the car conditions ranking second in the reasons why road accidents occurred in 2015, CAPMAS added. 

The victims of car accidents last year were primarily youth, as 43.4 per cent of casualties aged between 25 and 44. 

Egypt has one of the highest records of car accidents in the world and a poor transportation safety history in general. 

The country's worst train disaster was in 2002 when a fire ripped through seven carriages of an overcrowded passenger train, killing at least 360 people. 

During the era of now-ousted president Hosni Mubarak, the famous sinking of the Egyptian ferry al-Salam Boccaccio 98 in the Red Sea in 2006 led to the death of around 1000 passengers, mostly Egyptians returning from Saudi Arabia. The government was heavily criticised for failing to deliver rescue in due time. 

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