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Truck Dashed into Cars in Cairo, 15 killed


Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

26th Mar, 2020. 10:42 am
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Just few hours after the night curfew took place, a truck smashed in to multiple cars at a checkpoint in Egyptian Capital killing 15 people in the accident on spot.

The curfew was imposed by authorities to curb the spread of deadly coronavirus.

A dozen people were reported injured in the accident.

Under the curfew, public transport shuts down after 7pm local time,  and people are forbidden from the streets unless they have an exemption.

Authorities said a string of microbuses, trucks and cars lined up at a checkpoint on a road from southern Egypt into central Cairo waiting for officers to approve their curfew exemptions.

Suddenly, the truck loaded with construction materials ploughed into the cluster of vehicles at high speed, the state-owned Ahram news agency said.

Officials still investigating what happened. The injured were taken to El Saff Central Hospital in the province of Giza for treatment.

About 8,000 people die from traffic accidents each year in Egypt, where roads are poorly maintained and traffic laws rarely enforced.

The accident happened on a stretch of the capital’s ring road known for hairpin turns and speeding traffic.

In its most aggressive response yet to the coronavirus pandemic, Egypt has imposed an 11-hour nightly curfew for its 100 million people.

The health ministry reported more than 50 new infections on Wednesday, bringing the case total to 456, including 22 fatalities.

On the other hand globally the number of confirmed cases due to the deadly coronavirus has risen to 471539, out of which 114,694 have been recovered.

However, 21,296 have died due to the novel coronavirus.

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