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11 killed in microbus accident

Five people are being treated for serious burns following microbus fuel tank explosion


The bodies of 11 people burnt to death could not be identified after the microbus they were travelling in caught fire on the Cairo-Ismailia desert road in the Sharqeya governorate on Saturday night.

Five others suffered serious burns after the front left tyre of their microbus burst, causing the driver to lose control and the bus to overturn. The car ignition set the fuel tank ablaze causing the deaths and injuries, according to state-run news agency MENA.

The incident occurred near the 10th of Ramadan City on the outskirts of Cairo.

Last week over 17 people were killed when two microbuses fell into a canal in Luxor, which also injured 7 others.

Earlier in August two tourist buses collided near Sharm El-Sheikh, killing 38 people and injuring over 40.

Road safety in Egypt is of great concern. According to a report released in June, 15,578 car accidents took place in Egypt in 2013, with a daily death rate of 18.4 people killed every day.

The report cited “human element” as the biggest reason behind car accidents, causing over two thirds of all accidents.

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