Mouawad's car after it was caught under the truck. (The Daily Star/stringer)
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The tragic death of Zghorta's mayor in a car accident Thursday highlights how widespread traffic violations are routinely killing the Lebanese, according to experts.Driving his Audi Q7 along the Karantina highway Thursday dawn, Toufik Mouawad was surprised when a Sukleen truck appeared from nowhere parked on the side of the road. His car slammed into the rear of the truck and was caught underneath. The truck in question was in violation of Lebanon's new traffic law, passed in November 2012, as it lacked an underride guard rail, metal barriers attached to the back of a truck to prevent a crashing car from sliding beneath the vehicle. Joe Daccache, the vice president of YASA International, said that traffic safety organizations had been calling to equip trucks with the rails since 1997 .
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