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Thu 7 Feb 2008 05:30 PM

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Road pileup kills 29 in Egypt

Death toll expected to rise in Cairo traffic accident after motorists became caught in early morning fog.

At least 29 people, including children, were killed and 16 injured in a traffic pileup blamed on early morning fog southeast of Cairo on Thursday, police and Egypt's official MENA news agency said.

Three minibuses and six trucks crashed into each other because of poor visibility on the road to the Cairo suburb of Helwan, a police official told AFP.

Ambulances rushed to the scene where the death toll had been expected to rise because some of the injured were reported to be in critical condition.

Each year, about 6,000 people die and 30,000 are injured in road accidents in Egypt.

Traffic regulations are often badly enforced and vehicles are poorly maintained. Many coastal and desert roads allow for high speeds, and accidents caused by reckless overtaking are frequent.

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