Three German tourists were killed when their car collided with a freight train near the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Safaga, the official MENA news agency reported.

Three other German tourists were injured in the accident and were taken to the nearby Hurghada general hospital, MENA said.

Egypt’s roads are among the most chaotic and dangerous in the world, with traffic laws widely flouted, despite a highway code introduced last year aimed at improving safety.

Traffic related accidents kill about 6,000 people and cause 30,000 injuries each year here, also because of poor upkeep of vehicles, according to the transport ministry.