Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Egypt: 22 Killed, Unknown Number Injured When Tour Bus Crashes into Parked Truck in Suez

According to http://www.eturbonews.com, 22 people were killed and an unknown number of other passengers injured when a tour bus collided with a parked truck near the Egyptian city of Suez early on Tuesday, according to Al-Ahram.

The driver of the tour bus said he was blinded by the headlights of an on-coming vehicle driving on the wrong side of the roadway, which is common in Egypt where vehicles drive on the LEFT.

COMMENT: In attempting to avoid the on-coming vehicle, the tour bus driver crashed into a parked truck.

The tour bus was reportedly on its way from the tourist resort area of South Sinai to the Nile Delta city of Mansoura.

For those that don't know Egyptian roadways and the deficient state of first responders in the Land of the Pharaohs, I strongly discourage foreign travelers from taking long journeys on Egyptian roadways longer than an hour. 

Comparatively speaking, Egypt, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), sustains 42 fatalities per 100,000 population. It has a population of 80 million.

Other countries that have a similar population to that of Egypt, Iran and Germany, have had 34 roadway fatalities per 100,000 population and 4.4 fatalities per 100,000 population, respectively.

Please consider this: The one-way bus trip from Cairo to Hurgada on the Red Sea travels 248 miles (or 400 kilometers) and takes nearly five hours, at considerable risk of injury or death, I might add.

Alternatively, a one-way flight aboard Air Egypt from Cairo to Hurgada costs US$111 (round trip is US$214) and takes less than an hour.

Egypt Air has had only ONE domestic fatal crash since 1970. That's  in 43 years according to: 

http://www.airsafe.com.

Roadway safety: Resulting in serious injury and/or death--Monthly.

As a matter of interest the deaths of 22 people in the collision described above involved a roadway travel distance of 170 miles or 274 kilometers. 

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.