11 killed in a road accident in Egypt

At least 11 people were burnt to death and six others injured when a microbus and a trailer collided in the Egyptian capital here, in yet another deadly accident in recent weeks.

PTI| Updated: Aug 31, 2014, 14:58 PM IST

Cairo: At least 11 people were burnt to death and six others injured when a microbus and a trailer collided in the Egyptian capital here, in yet another deadly accident in recent weeks.

The accident took place on Cairo-Ismailia desert road last night, said Fikri Tahtawi, director of Sharkeya ambulance company.

Eleven bodies were completely charred in the accident, he said, adding six others were injured.

The incident was latest in a series of deadly accidents in the country in recent days.

38 people were killed and 41 others injured when two tourist buses carrrying around 80 passengers, including foreigners, collided near Sharm El-Sheikh resort in Egypt's South Sinai on August 22.

In a separate incident, 20 people were killed and 22 others injured when two microbuses carrying a wedding party collided and fell into a canal in southern Egypt last Tuesday.

At least six persons were killed and nine others injured when a microbus and a private car collided in Cairo last Thursday.

Egypt has one of the world's highest traffic accident rates due to careless driving, road and vehicle conditions.

A recent report by the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics said there were 15,578 car accidents in Egypt in 2013, up by 0.4 per cent from the year before, which claimed the lives of 6,716 people and injured 22,411 others.