8 killed in Egypt car crashes from foggy weather

ISMAILIA, Egypt (AA) – Eight people were killed Friday morning and 30 others injured in two car accidents on a highway east of Cairo amid foggy weather, security and medical source have said.

A truck crashed into 12 cars on a highway linking Cairo to northeastern Ismailia province, leaving eight people dead and 22 others injured, the sources said.

Another car crash between a bus and eight other vehicles on the same highway left eight other people injured, the sources added.

Several main highways in Egypt were blocked off by authorities on Friday morning, where a thick layer of fog stretched over large swathes of Egypt.

Egypt has the Middle East’s highest traffic-related fatality rate. Around 7,115 people (19.5 people each day) were killed in road accidents in Egypt in 2011, according to a recent government report.

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