Fiery Cairo car crash claims 19 lives

By AFP
Published: August 5, 2019
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A picture taken early morning on August 5, 2019 shows people surrounding a burned car after an accident that caused an explosion and killed 19 people in downtown Cairo The accident was caused by a speeding car heading in opposite direction and colliding with three other cars which caused the explosion, health ministry said in a brief note on their Facebook page. The incident resulted in 16 dead and 21 injured so far. PHOTO: AFP

A picture taken early morning on August 5, 2019 shows people surrounding a burned car after an accident that caused an explosion and killed 19 people in downtown Cairo The accident was caused by a speeding car heading in opposite direction and colliding with three other cars which caused the explosion, health ministry said in a brief note on their Facebook page. The incident resulted in 16 dead and 21 injured so far. PHOTO: AFP

CAIRO: At least 19 people have been killed when a speeding car driving against traffic crashed into three others causing a huge explosion in Cairo, the Egyptian health ministry said on Monday.

The car crash happened just before midnight on Sunday outside the National Cancer Institute in central Cairo and also wounded 30 people, the ministry added.

Between “three and four (of the injured) are in critical condition in the intensive care unit,” Khaled Megahed, a spokesperson for the health ministry, told an early Monday news conference.

He said they suffered from “several burns of varying degrees”.

Body parts were also retrieved from the scene, he added.

Social media users posted footage of cars ablaze at the scene and of patients being evacuated from the Cancer Institute.

Egypt’s prosecutor general has ordered an investigation to determine the causes of the crash.

Deadly road accidents owing to driver error and dilapidated infrastructure are common in Egypt with over 3000 killed in more than 8400 crashes in 2018, according to official figures published earlier this year.

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