Five killed, 10 injured as two trucks collide in Upper Egypt

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Monday 10 Apr 2023

Five people were killed and 10 injured on Monday after two trucks collided in the city of Qus, south of Qena Governorate, in Upper Egypt.

A file photo of a road accident in Egypt. Al-Ahram


The collision occurred on the Martyr Bassem Fekry axis. Ambulance vehicles were dispatched to transport the injured to a nearby hospital.

The prosecution is investigating the incident. 

Egypt has been working to improve the transportation network and reduce traffic congestion and accidents nationwide. In 2014, the National Road Project was launched.

The project included the construction or upgrading of 7,000 kilometres of the country's 23,000-kilometre road network, as well as the installation of cutting-edge speed radars and cameras on highways and the introduction of harsher penalties for traffic violations.

In 2021, road accidents claimed the lives of 7,101 people, up from 6,164 deaths in 2020, a 15.2 percent increase, according to a  report by the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS) in August 2022.

Over the same time, nationwide traffic injuries declined by 9.3 percent to 51,511, down from 56,789, reported CAPMAS.

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