Crashes on notorious Egypt road kill 22

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CAIRO: Twenty-two Egyptians were killed on Tuesday in two separate accidents on the notoriously dangerous road between the capital Cairo and the southern city of Minya.

All 15 people in one microbus were killed when their driver fell asleep at the wheel, crashing into a parked lorry on the roadside near the town of Beni Mazar, a police officer said.

Just hours later, a microbus and truck crashed head-on further north on the same road killing seven people and leaving 20 injured, the official told AFP.

Egypt s roads are among the most chaotic and dangerous in the world, with traffic laws flouted widely and roads not properly maintained.

In 2008, more than 8,000 people died from traffic-related accidents, the official said. -AFP

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