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Egypt prosecutors order driver involved in last week's deadly road accident be detained

Twelve people were killed and 28 wounded Thursday when a truck carrying cement lost control and smashed into another vehicle and a two-storey building in Minya governorate

Ahram Online, Sunday 22 Jul 2018
File Photo: Twelve people were killed in truck accident in Minya, south of Cairo, 19 July,2018 (Photo: Ahram Arabic Gate)
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Prosecutors in the southern Egyptian governorate of Minya ordered Sunday the driver of a truck involved in a deadly road accident last week be detained for 15 days pending investigations.

Twelve people were killed and 28 others wounded Thursday when the driver of a truck carrying cement lost control and smashed into another vehicle and then a two-storey building along a major thoroughfare near Minya's Sharfa village.

The 25-year-old driver fled the scene of the accident but was captured by police a day later.

Deadly road accidents take place on a near daily basis in Egypt, which is notorious for poor road safety, badly maintained infrastructure, and loosely enforced traffic regulations.

The country's official statistics agency said in April that more than 11,000 road accidents took place in Egypt in 2017, down from around 15,000 accidents in the previous year.

Minya witnessed another major road accident earlier this month when 12 people were killed and seven others injured in a bus collision on a desert road in the governorate.

Ten days ago, 10 people were killed and 25 injured when a bus crashed into a truck on a highway connecting the northern coastal cities of Alexandria and Marsa Matrouh.

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