CAIRO (AP) — A trailer-truck smashed into multiple cars stopped on a freeway, killing 15 people and injuring a dozen in Egypt’s capital late Wednesday, authorities and state media reported.

The deadly collision occurred a few hours after Egypt’s nighttime curfew took effect to curb the spread of the coronavirus. After 7 p.m., public transport shuts down and people are forbidden from the streets unless they have an exemption.

Authorities said a string of microbuses, trucks and cars were 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 plowed into the cluster of vehicles at high speed, the state-owned Al-Ahram news agency said.

Officials were still investigating

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