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Egypt traffic accidents kill 30

2011-01-11 15:30

Cairo - Thirty people died and another 28 were injured in two traffic accidents in northern Egypt on Tuesday, security officials said.

In the worst incident, 20 people were killed and four others hurt when a truck carrying sand hit a car and a minibus on a road in Al-Sharqiya province, north of the capital.

In the same province, 10 people were killed and another 24 hurt when a van hit a truck carrying bottled gas.

On December 27, Eight American tourists were killed and 21 injured when their bus collided with a truck near the southern city of Aswan.

Traffic accidents occur frequently in Egypt, often because of poor road conditions and lax regulations.

The government estimates that there are 8 000 road accidents a year.

Comments
  • AloninSA - 2011-01-11 16:10

    I've been on the roads in Egypt and it's not a matter of bad roads, it's a matter of awful drivers. Every driver drives like a South African taxi driver

      perrrleeez - 2011-01-11 16:21

      @AloninSA: Great point. I've been there too and taxi drivers here are no match for those fellas. What makes it even worse is the corruption among the traffic police. The fear for me is that we are not far behind Eqypt in all these aspects. Also we shouldnt blame bad roads like we do here. If roads are bad then people should drive more carefully, thats all. We're also good at blaming the rain, wind and whatever else we can lay our hands on ....except ourselves, of course.

      corro51 - 2011-01-11 16:43

      I live in Cairo whilst working on contract here. Every day I witness at least two or three accidents to and from work. Our SA taxi drivers are beginners compared to this lot.

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