15-year-old tuk-tuk driver dies in road accident south of Cairo

Ahram Online , Thursday 24 Dec 2015

Tuk Tuk
A boy peers out of a traditional Tuk Tuk (Photo: AP)

A young tuk-tuk driver was killed after being hit by a truck south of Cairo late on Wednesday, Ahram Arabic news website reported.

The crash occurred when a truck collided with the tuk-tuk, a vehicle similar to a rickshaw but powered by a motorcycle, on a highway connecting the Upper Egyptian governorates of Sohag and Assiut.

The driver, a 15-year-old student, was killed in the crash.

Tuk-tuks are blamed by some for causing chaotic traffic and accidents, something that prompted the government to ban the three-wheeled vehicle in several Cairo districts in July and August and impose hefty fines on violators.

Wednesday's accident is the latest in thousands of deadly road crashes that take place on an almost daily basis in Egypt, which is notorious for poor road safety, badly maintained infrastructure, and loosely enforced traffic regulations.

The country's census authority said earlier this week that over 2800 people were killed in road and train crashes in Egypt in the first half of 2015.

Earlier on Wednesday, five people were killed and five others wounded in a four-vehicle collision in Beni Suef, 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of Cairo.

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