Five students killed in deadly crash on Cairo's Salah Salem road

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Monday 6 Mar 2023

Five students were killed as their car crashed into a tree on Salah Salem Road near the district of Heliopolis, east of Cairo, authorities said on Monday.

Accident in Salam Salem Road. Al-Ahram


The victims, two university students and three secondary students, were returning from a wedding party when the accident took place in the early hours of Monday.

The crash occurred when the driver lost control of the steering wheel due to high speeding, according to the initial investigation.

The bodies of the victims were taken to nearby hospitals.

The prosecution is currently investigating the accident.

It issued orders to obtain the footage from surveillance cameras in the vicinity of the scene of the accident and summoned the victims' families to hear their statements.  

Egypt has witnessed a steady decline in the number of road accidents in recent years in parallel with national efforts to improve the country’s road network through the National Road Project that was launched in 2014.

Egypt saw a 9.3 percent drop in road accident injuries in 2021 compared to 2020, the Egyptian state’s statistical agency CAPMAS said in a report issued in August 2022.

Traffic injuries nationwide in 2021 reached 51,511, down from 56,789 in 2020, according to the report.

However, CAPMAS said that road accidents in 2021 claimed the lives of 7,101 people nationwide, up from the 6,164 deaths recorded a year prior, a 15.2 percent increase.

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