Six dead in traffic accidents in Egypt's Sohag and South Sinai

Ahram Online , Monday 25 Jan 2016

A family of three died in a traffic collision in South Sinai on Sunday, while three other people died in two separate accidents in Sohag on the same day.

In South Sinai, a car and a truck collided on Abo-Rdees Highway, leading the car to catch fire, killing the family inside. The dead included a couple and their 12-year-old child.

Authorities arrested the 45-year-old truck driver.

On Sohag's Desert Highway, a tyre blowout caused a truck to overturn, killing two passengers and injuring the driver.

On the governorate's Agricultural Highway, another tyre blowout cased a truck to drive into the Farouqiya Canal, killing the driver's 10-year-old son.

Egypt suffers from poor road maintenance and loosely implemented traffic regulations.

In 2014, a total of 14,403 road accidents in Egypt led to the death of 6,226 people and the injury of 24,154 others, Egypt's Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics said last April.

This means an average of 39 accidents, 17 deaths and 66 injuries per day. 

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