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6 dead in Kafr El-Sheikh accident

Prosecution investigates another deadly car accident

Six people died and one was injured on Saturday morning in a car accident on the International Coastal Road in Kafr El-Sheikh governorate.

The private car in which the seven men were travelling swerved off the road and into a fish farm, according to state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram.

The bodies of the dead were transferred to hospital and one man is being treated for a fractured arm.

The prosecution is investigating the incident, which is the latest road traffic accident in a series of deadly incidents across the country.

New legislation tackling road safety was proposed by the cabinet following an order from President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi at the start of November. This came in the wake of a crash between a school bus and a lorry in Beheira that left 18 dead.

The drivers of the school bus and the lorry were referred to the court of urgent matters. The lorry driver was also referred to the criminal court after blood tests showed traces of hashish in his system.

In a separate incident just days after the crash in Beheira, three others were killed when a microbus and a car collided on the Red Sea-Sohag road.

A report released in June by the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS) said that in 2013, almost 20 people were killed every day as a result of road traffic accidents.

The World Health Organisation said in a report published in 2012, approximately 12,000 people in Egypt die as result of road traffic crashes each year. While laws are in place to prevent traffic accidents, such as seatbelt requirements and Blood Alcohol Concentration, they are not properly enforced.

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