6 killed, 46 injured in fatal head-on crash on Upper Egypt’s Abu Simbel-Aswan highway

Ahram Online , Friday 17 Dec 2021

Six people have been killed and 46 others were injured as two buses traveling in opposite directions on the Abu Simbel-Aswan highway in Upper Egypt collided late on Thursday.

The deaths include five Egyptians and one Sudanese person, an official statement circulated on local media cited Executive Director of Aswan University Hospital Ashraf Mabad as saying.

The injured were reportedly moved to nearby hospitals, including the Aswan University Hospital and Abu Simbel International Hospital.

Four of the injured cases were moved to the intensive care unit and are in a very bad condition, Mabad said. This is in addition to a case in the ICU of the plastic surgery department.

There are 29 cases suffering from bone fractures while 11 others left the hospital after recovering, Mabad added.

The injured reportedly include Sudanese people.

The Public Prosecution concluded its investigations with the injured people, Mabad said. Authorities have not revealed the cause of the accident.

Eight people were also killed and 11 others were injured when a microbus collided with a private car last month on Abu Simbel-Aswan highway.

Over the past years, Egypt has witnessed a steady decline in road accidents in parallel with national efforts to improve the countrywide road network.

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi launched the National Road Project in 2014 with the goal of developing and extending Egypt’s 23,500 km road network.

In 2019, Egypt was ranked 28th in terms of the quality of road infrastructure in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitive Report, up from the 118th place in 2014 when the project was first launched.

Egypt has also expanded its network of highway speed cameras over the past few years to limit road accidents.

In February, the parliament approved new amendments to Traffic Law 66/1972 proposed by the government that includes stricter penalties for traffic violations and the adoption of a point system that will be applied for the first time in Egypt’s history.

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