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Thirteen killed, 7 injured in truck-microbus collision near Aswan

The accident took place when a micro-bus collided with a van on the Aswan-Cairo road

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Thursday 6 Feb 2020
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A file photo of a road accident in Egypt
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At least 13 people were killed and seven others were wounded in a road accident on Thursday near the southern governorate of Aswan, a source told Ahram Online

The accident took place when a micro-bus collided with a truck on a highway connecting Aswan to the capital Cairo. The bodies of the victims and the injured have been taken to hospital.

Fourteen ambulances were sent to the scene of the crash.

Earlier this week, three people were killed and over a dozen others were injured on the same road when a public bus collided with a car.

Deadly road crashes take place nearly daily in Egypt, mostly due to poor road safety, badly maintained infrastructure, and loosely enforced traffic regulations. They claim thousands of lives every year.

More than 1,500 people were killed in road accidents in Egypt in the first half of 2019, according to official statistics agency CAPMAS. Some 5,220 accidents took place in the first six months of the year, up almost 18 percent from the same period in 2018.

The government has allocated millions of pounds to developing and expanding road networks in recent years.

A comprehensive traffic law designed to crack down on violators and enhance safety is set to go into effect this year.

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