Mouawad's car after it was caught under the truck. (The Daily Star/stringer)
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Lebanon's Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk Monday ordered truck owners to install rear shock absorbers before Sept. 1, to avoid more deaths like that of Zghorta's mayor last month.The truck in question was in violation of Lebanon's new traffic law, passed in November 2012, as it lacked an underride guardrail, a metal barrier attached to the back of a truck to prevent a crashing car from sliding beneath the vehicle.Traffic safety organizations had been calling to equip trucks with the rails since 1997, but it was not until 2012 that the standard was included in Lebanon's traffic law.
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