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11 killed in car collision in Upper Egypt’s Sohag

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Eleven people were killed on Sunday in a deadly car crash in Upper Egypt’s Sohag governorate, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.

The accident involved a passenger bus and a car colliding on the Sohag International Airport highway, according to police reports.

Three other people were injured in the accident.

Deadly road crashes take place on a daily basis in Egypt, largely due to poorly maintained infrastructure and loosely enforced traffic regulations.

According to a global status report on road safety in 2015 published by the World Health Organisation, Egypt’s fatality rate ranked 16th among Arab countries and 109th globally out of 180 countries.

Last week, Egypt’s official statistics body CAPMAS announced that car accident fatality rates in Egypt declined by 16.8 percent between 2005 and 2015.

CAMPAS said that its newly-published study titled “Economic cost of road accidents in Egypt in 2015” concluded that Egypt saw 25,500 road fatalities last year, while the total number of car accidents was 14,500, a decline of 31.9 percent from 2005 and an increase of 1 percent from 2014.

Source: Ahram Online

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