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10 people killed in car accident in South Egypt

By Ahram Online

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Friday ,23 January 2015

10 people killed in car accident in South Egypt

Ten people were killed in a bus crash south of Cairo late Wednesday, the latest in near daily traffic accidents plaguing the world’s most populous Arab country.
Fifteen others were wounded in the accident that occurred in Upper Egypt’s Sohag governorate when a microbus collided with a private car, state news agency MENA reported.
The injured were ferried to four local hospitals where a state of emergency had been announced, MENA added.
Hundreds die and thousands are injured every year in Egyptian crashes, often caused by poorly maintained roads and reckless driving.
Egypt is notorious for its poor road safety record where traffic regulations are 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 2014, 11 female university students were killed in a collision in Sohag, sparking protests by fellow students in the province.
Days later, 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.