Road accident kills five, injures 9 northwest of Cairo

Ahram Online , Sunday 28 Dec 2014

In the wake of a spate of fatal road traffic accidents, five were killed and nine injured Sunday in an accident on the Cairo-Alexandria desert road

Five people were killed Sunday and nine others injured in a road crash on a highway northwest of Cairo, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.

The accident is the latest in near daily crashes plaguing Egypt and that kill about 12,000 people every year, according to 2012 figures issued by the World Health Organisation.

The accident occurred on the Cairo-Alexandria desert road, near Al-Beheira governorate, when a driver lost control of his car, which then overturned. 

On Friday, eight people were killed and another 31 injured in a traffic accident involving multiple vehicles near the Suez Canal city of Ismailia.

Egypt is notorious for its poor road safety record where roadways are poorly maintained and traffic regulations loosely enforced.

A recent government report said that 100,000 car accidents took place in Egypt from 2008 to 2012, with 33,000 killed and another 150,000 injured.

In November, 18 people were killed when a bus packed with high school students burst into flames after it collided with three other vehicles in Lower Egypt, prompting the government to introduce amendments to a traffic law that set harsher penalties for traffic violations.

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