Egypt: 2 Killed, 8 Missing In Deadly Nile Accident

Egypt: 2 Killed, 8 Missing In Deadly Nile Accident
Rescue work goes on at the site of a truck plunging into the Nile River in Giza, Egypt, on Jan. 11, 2022.

 

 

Two people were killed and eight others are still missing in Egypt as a truck with 24 passengers plunged into the Nile River near the capital of Cairo, the Egyptian public prosecution also said in a statement on Tuesday. The accident took place on Monday evening in a village at Monshaat Al-Kanater district of the Giza province. The

 

 

 

 

passengers, including children, were onboard the truck on their way back from a farm where they were working, according to the statement. The truck driver attempted to also take the vehicle on an unlicensed ferry to the opposite bank of the river when the accident happened. Rescue workers saved 14 passengers, and teams are

 

 

still searching for those missing. The car driver and the three workers of the unlicensed ferry have also been arrested and arrest of the ferry's owner is underway, the statement said. Daily road accidents are common in Egypt due to poorly maintained road infrastructure and loosely applied traffic regulations. At least 16 people

 

 

An ambulance is seen near the site of the rescue work on a truck plunging into the Nile River in Giza, Egypt, on January 11, 2022.

 

 

were killed and 18 others wounded on Jan. 8 in a bus crash on the international highway in Sinai Peninsula in north-eastern Egypt. Over the past few years, Egypt has been upgrading its road network, building new roads and bridges, and repairing existing ones. Deaths from road accidents in Egypt dropped by 44 percent in 2019-2020, according to the Egyptian Ministry of Planning and Economic Development.

 

 

Rescuers search for missing people from a truck plunging into the Nile River in Giza, Egypt, on January 11, 2022.