Egypt compensates casualties of Ring Road accident

Egypt’s Ministry of Social Solidarity announced Saturday that the families of casualties of a Friday accident on the Cairo Ring Road Bridge will receive in compensation LE10,000 (around $1277) each.

Eight died and 10 were injured in the late hours of Friday when a truck careered off a bridge in Moneib and crashed onto a microbus stop below.

The truck was laden with rocks used in construction and caused damage to at least two microbuses.

The prosecution’s initial investigations revealed that a car cut off the truck, which led to the truck driver losing control and crashing with a microbus parked near the crash barrier of the bridge.

The prosecution ordered the arrest of the truck driver who survived the accident.

Egypt is notorious for its poor road safety, badly maintained infrastructure, and loosely enforced traffic regulations.

Last month, the country’s census authority said that over 2,800 people were killed in road and train crashes in Egypt in the first half of 2015.

source: Ahram Online