Traffic Accidents Claim More Lives in Egypt
Seven people were killed and seven others were reported missing when the pickup truck in which they were traveling spun out of control and landed in a Nile tributary in northern Egypt, police said Sunday, cited by AFP.
The accident occurred as the vehicle was carrying two dozen Egyptians from one town to another in the Nile Delta to watch the African Champions League football semi-final broadcast by satellite from Tunisia, the police said.
Twelve of the passengers were saved, they added.
On Sunday morning the police fished seven bodies from the water in the area of Beheira, around 190 kilometers (120 miles) north of Cairo, police said. They were still looking for seven others reported missing.
The supporters from Magnin were going to Kom Hamada to watch Egyptian team Ahli play Tunisia's Tarajji, said the report.
Egypt has one of the highest rates of traffic deaths in the world.
The country has recently drawn up an emergency plan designed to upgrade rescue services and facilities, and minimize damage caused by accidents and catastrophes.
The accident was the third accident of its kind in the last month.
On Nov. 10, some 13 people drowned when the truck transporting farm workers overturned in a canal in the Beheira region, a police source said.
On Oct. 24, 12 students and two other people drowned when their bus overturned in a canal after colliding with a truck in the region of Esna, 750 kilometers (465 miles) south of Cairo.
The so-called Agricultural Road, which links the different parts of the Egyptian countryside, is notorious for its hazards since it is narrow and runs parallel to canals. The slightest mistake can end with motorists at the bottom of the Nile – Albawaba.com
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