A bus carrying Egyptian soldiers overturned while traveling on an international roadway in the city limits of Abu-Redes on the southern portion of the Sinai Peninsula on the morning of Monday, July 19, 2015. Sixteen persons were injured as a result of the crash. Eight emergency transport vehicles arrived on scene following the accident, ready to provide preliminary treatment and transportation to medical facilities. All injured parties were transported to area medical centers, including Abu-Redes Hospital and Tor General Hospital, for evaluation and treatment following the incident. The cause of the crash is not yet known, and the accident remains under investigation at this time.
All injuries were reported to have been non-life-threatening, and the soldiers are reportedly expected to make a full recovery and be released from the hospital within a few days. It is not yet known whether driver fatigue or poor road conditions or other factors may have played a contributing role in the accident. Twenty-four people were on board the bus at the time of the accident, all soldiers returning to their base following a holiday trip, and the driver of the bus is being detained pending further investigation by Egyptian authorities.
Roads are notoriously dangerous in the Sinai region and all of Egypt due to poor maintenance and previously lax alcohol intoxication and seatbelt requirement laws. In recent years, the Egyptian government instituted laws restricting drunk driving and requiring seatbelt use, but the country remains at the top spot for traffic fatalities in the entire Middle Eastern region. Egypt has put a road development plan in place with a target completion date of later this month. In spite of these recent measures taken to reduce traffic-related deaths on Egyptian roadways, traffic accident reports have yet to significantly decline in the nation.