- Title: EGYPT: At least sixteen die in road accident
- Date: 16th February 2009
- Summary: CAIRO, EGYPT (FEBRUARY 14, 2009) (REUTERS) ***NIGHTSHOTS*** WIDE OF STREET / WRECKS OF BUS AND TRUCK ROADSIDE VARIOUS OF BUS WRECKAGE VARIOUS OF TRUCK WRECKAGE WRECKAGE OF BUS EXTERIOR OF HOSPITAL, SIGN READS: "EMERGENCY" FAMILIES OF INJURED OUTSIDE HOSPITAL
- Reuters ID: LVA9F6L1UHDM3JQ8L1UJF7N0K5F3
- Location: Egypt
- Country: Egypt
- Duration: 00:01:31
- Topics: Disasters / Accidents / Natural catastrophes
- Story Text: Security and medical sources confirmed that sixteen people died and three were injured in a high-speed road collision between a bus and a truck in north-eastern Egypt on Saturday (February 14).
Four of the dead were children. The crash happened on Saturday night on the highway between Ismailia and Abu Hammad, and the casualties were taken to hospital in Ismailia.
One injured girl who was recovering in the Suez University Hospital, described the moment of the collision.
"I saw the sand transporting truck, and then I couldn't move my leg and the place was dark. [Question - "And the truck was coming in the opposite direction, or you didn't see anything?"] No I didn't see anything at all," said Aala Mohamed.
The duty manager at Suez University Hospital described the injuries experienced by the victims.
"There are nine cases of injury, and five deaths, five came to the hospital in the last throes. And nine had broken bones, multiple fractures and cases of broken vertebrae, who were admitted to the department of neurology.
And there are three cases with internal haemorrhaging in the ventral cavity, and they are being treated here", explained Dr. Nadir Negm, duty manager at the Suez University Hospital.
A security source told Reuters high speed was to blame. Road accidents are common in Egypt due to reckless driving, lax traffic rules and poor road conditions.
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