Friday, August 22, 2014

Egypt: Update--33 Killed, 41 Injured When Tourist Buses Collide Near Sharm El-Sheikh

According to Daily News Egypt and The Washington Post, a total of 33 people were killed and 41 were injured when two tourist buses collided near Sharm El-Sheikh at dawn on Friday (August 22).
State-run MENA news agency reported that one of the tourist buses was heading to Sharm El-Sheikh and the other was traveling to Cairo when they collided. The accident occurred about 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Sharm El-Sheikh in south Sinai.
COMMENT: From my own experience in Egypt after years of traveling to the country, most fatalities occur largely because so many of the injured are not transported to a trauma center in a timely fashion.

An initial assessment suggests that the mass-casualty collision occurred in a country with one of the world's largest highest auto fatality records in the world. 

A team from the prosecution went to the crash site to look into the causation behind the crash.

Roadway safety in Egypt is of great concern. According to a report released in June 2014, 15,578 roadway collisions took place in Egypt in 2013, with a daily death rate of 18.4 people killed DAILY.

For a detailed study, please see the below link from THE WASHINGTON POST explaining why the death toll is so high in Egypt:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/01/18/a-surprising-map-of-countries-that-have-the-most-traffic-deaths

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.