Wednesday, 18 September, 2019

Car crash kills 19, forces evacuation of cancer hospital in Cairo

Deadly car explosion hits central Cairo: health ministry 17 killed, 32 wounded in Cairo road accident explosion
Patty Aguilar | 05 August, 2019, 07:35

Seventeen people have been killed and 32 injured in an explosion outside Egypt's National Cancer Institute in central Cairo, Egypt's health ministry said early Monday morning, according to the Reuters news agency.

"Sixteen people were killed, 21 were injured [.] during an accident at the Cancer Institute", a spokesperson for the Egyptian Ministry Health said.

"The accident happened after a speeding vehicle moved in the opposite direction near the National Tumour Centre, resulting in a collision with three other cars", Gulf News quoted a senior official as saying.

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According to initial investigations by security officials the blast occurred when a speeding auto, driving against the flow of traffic, collided with three other vehicles outside Cairo's Cancer Institute.

Eyewitnesses told Xinhua that the fire was high and fragments of the destroyed cars were scattered across the roads.

The staff and patients of the Cancer Institute were immediately evacuated after the incident and the Egyptian Prosecutor General ordered to launch an urgent investigation dispatching a team of investigators to the scene.

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