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Three of Pope Francis’ relatives die in car crash in Argentina

22 People Die Every Day in This Country

A nephew of the Pope, who was returning to Buenos Aires in his car on the early hours of Tuesday, August 19th, crashed against a cargo truck and his vehicle became embedded in it. In this event, his 39-year-old wife and his two children, a 2-year-old and an 8-months-old passed away. Emanuel Bergoglio remains in critical state.

These deaths are only further proof of the everyday tragedies caused in Argentina by the severe lack of road safety. In the last year, 7.896 people died in traffic, at the rate of 22 deaths per day. This situation can be tracked in our country to more than 20 years back, as the following figures, that contrast with the advances in other countries, demonstrate:

A Cross-country Comparison of Road Accident Fatalities 

Year

1990

2000

2008

2012

Decrease (%) 

1990-2012

Sweden

772

591

397

285

63%

Netherlands

1.376

1.082

677

566

59%

United States

44.599

41.495

37.423

33.561

25%

Spain

9.032

5.777

3.100

1.903

79%

Argentina

7.075

7.545

8.205

7.485

0%

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Versión: 2012.0.2247 / Base de datos de virus: 3955/7595 - Fecha de la versión: 25/08/2014

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