CAIRO: Six people, including a Frenchman and an Italian, were killed and four others injured Saturday in a road accident in Egypt, the official Mena agency said.
One car collided into another after its tire burst near the village of Bahnasa, some 240 km south of Cairo, Mena said. The injured were taken to a nearby hospital. About 6,000 people die and 35,000 are injured in road accidents each year in Egypt. The transport ministry says they are the second-highest cause of death in the country and experts estimate they cause annual losses of up to $350 million. Traffic regulations are often badly enforced while maintenance of vehicles is also poor. Many of the country s coastal and desert roads allow for high speeds and accidents caused by reckless overtaking are frequent.