Road accident kills 9, wounds 13 in northern Egypt
At least nine people were killed and 13 others wounded Friday in a road accident in the neighborhood of northern Egyptian city of Alexandria, Xinhua reported, referring to the state MENA news agency.
The accident occurred when two taxi vans collided on the road in Dekheila area, west of Alexandria, killing nine passengers and injuring 13, according to a police source.
One of the vans was driving on the wrong lane and ran into another face to face, the source said, adding that the wounded were rushed to Alexandria's main university hospital for treatment.
Traffic accidents are common in Egypt with an estimated annual death toll of some 6,000 people.
On Dec. 22, six Russian tourists were killed and 17 others injured when a tour bus overturned about 10 km away from the South Sinai resort town of Dahab.
The Egyptian traffic authorities implemented a new traffic code with tougher punishments for lawbreakers as of Aug. 1 last year, in a bid to reduce road accidents.