CAIRO (AP) – A traffic accident involving a microbus and a larger bus on Saturday left at least 16 dead and 18 injured in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, health officials said.
The accident occurred when a microbus collided with a public transport bus on a route from the town of Tor in southern Sinai to the town of Suez, the health ministry said in a report. communicated.
The collision occurred 10 kilometers (about 6 miles) from Tor, police said.
The health ministry said it has deployed at least 13 ambulances to the scene and the injured have been taken to hospitals in southern Sinai.
Fatal road crashes kill thousands of people every year in Egypt, which has a poor transport safety record. Accidents and collisions are mainly caused by speed, poor road conditions or poor application of the traffic laws.
In October, a head-on collision with a vehicle killed at least 19 people just outside Cairo. Another 12 people were killed and 30 injured in September when a bus overturned on a highway connecting Cairo to the city of Suez.
Egypt’s official statistics agency says there were around 10,000 road accidents in 2019, the most recent year for which statistics are available, killing more than 3,480. In 2018, there were 8,480 car accidents, causing more than 3,080 deaths.
The Associated Press