5 killed, 54 wounded in bus collision in north Egypt

Source: Xinhua| 2017-08-18 18:21:14|Editor: ying
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CAIRO, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- At least five killed and 54 others wounded on Friday in a bus collision on the highway leading to Egypt's Suez city, official news agency MENA reported.

The collision took place when a bus veered off the road and crashed into another bus coming from the opposite direction, MENA quoted eyewitnesses as saying.

Traffic on Suez highway is busy in summer because it leads to many hotels and resorts that attract holidaymakers targeting Ain Sokhna and other cities.

The death toll might increase because some of the wounded are in serious conditions, according to state-run TV report.

Road accidents are common in the most populous Arab country due to lack of highway monitoring systems, poor road maintenance and negligence of traffic rules.

About 12,000 people die annually in Egypt due to road accidents, a road traffic fatality rate of 42 deaths per 100,000, says a report from the World Health Organization.