Road crashes in northwest Egypt kill 9, injure 33

Ahram Online , Wednesday 24 Jun 2015

Both accidents occurred late on Tuesday near the Mediterranean city of Marsa Matrouh, west of Alexandria

Nine people were killed and 33 others wounded in two separate road crashes in Egypt, where thousands die in traffic accidents every year, officials said.

One of the accidents occurred when a truck overturned on a highway linking the Mediterranean city of Marsa Matrouh to the northwestern Siwa Oasis, killing five people and injuring 22 others, security officials in Matrouh said.

The driver of the truck, which was transporting workers, apparently lost control of the wheel before the vehicle flipped over, officials said.

Also late on Tuesday, four people were killed and 11 wounded when their car overturned on a motorway 170 kilometres from Matrouh, Al-Anany Hamouda, a local security director, told state news agency MENA.

Thousands die and tens of thousands are injured every year in car crashes in the country as it continues to suffer a poor road safety record and loosely enforced traffic regulations.

‪In its latest report in April, the country's census authority said that over 14,400 road accidents occurred in Egypt in 2014, killing more than 6,200 people and injuring some 25,154 others.

The government, meanwhile, embarked last year on a project  to set up 15 new roads countrywide – spanning a  distance of at least 1,200km . The construction of the new roads are planned to be completed by July 2015 as part of a national transportation development plan.

On 14 June, 25 people were killed and over two dozens of others wounded in two separate road accidents, the worst in weeks at the time.

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