Newly appointed Egyptian minister injured in multi-vehicle crash on El-Alamein road

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Tuesday 16 Aug 2022

Egypt's newly appointed Minister of Local development Hisham Amna was injured on Tuesday in a four-vehicle collision on the El-Alamein-Wadi-El-Natrun Road.

Hisham Amna
File Photo: Egypt s newly appointed Minister of Local development Hisham Amna.

 

Three others people were also injured during the crash, but no fatalities were reported.

The accident occurred when an agricultural tractor collided with the minister’s vehicle.

Five ambulances were dispatched to the accident site, transferring the four injured, including the minster, to El-Alamein Hospital to receive the necessary treatment.

The minister only suffered minor injuries, including bruises and abrasions, medical sources said.

Amna was sworn in as minister of local development on Sunday, replacing ex-Minister Mahmoud Shaarawi.

Road accidents take place on a near-daily basis in Egypt, which has historically suffered from poorly maintained road infrastructure and loosely applied traffic regulations.

The country's has tightened its road laws and launched the National Road Project in 2014 to improve the country’s road network. 

By 2019, Egypt climbed to 28th place in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report in terms of the quality of its road infrastructure, compared to 118th place in 2014.

Additionally, the country recorded a 9.3 percent drop in traffic injuries in 2021 compared to 2020, according to a recent report released by the country’s Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS) in July 2022.

The number of traffic injuries across Egypt in 2021 was 51,511, down from 2020’s 56,789, the CAPMAS report said.

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