Cairo mourns death of Egyptian, Sudanese citizens in Aswan-Abu Simbel highway crash

Ahram Online , Thursday 7 Jul 2022

Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has mourned the victims of a bus-truck crash on Aswan-Abu Simbel highway in Upper Egypt on Thursday, which killed and injured a number of Egyptian and Sudanese citizens.

A bus crashed into a truck on Thursday causing the death of nine people and the injury of 43 others, including Egyptian and Sudanese people. Press photo


“We express our deepest sympathy to the families of the victims and wishes of speedy recovery to all the injured,” the ministry said in a statement.

Nine people, including five from Sudan, were killed early Thursday in a collision between a bus coming from Sudan and a truck on the Upper Egyptian highway, Reuters cited Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health Ehab Hanafy as saying.

The deadly crash also injured 43 people, including 40 Sudanese citizens and three Egyptians, Hanafy added.

The deceased were sent to the morgue and the injured to Aswan University Hospital.

Security authorities were notified of the accident and all the necessary measures have been taken.

Aswan-Abu Simbel highway, infamous for deadly road traffic crashes, saw a tragedy last April when a truck and a tourist bus collided killing 10 people – five Egyptians, four French and one Belgian.

In December last year, a head-on crash between two buses on the Abu Simbel-Aswan highway killed six people, including a Sudanese person, and injured 46 others.

Egypt has witnessed a steady decline in the number of road accidents over the past years in parallel with national efforts to improve the country’s road network through the National Road Project that was launched in 2014.

Furthermore, the country reported a drop of 28.9 percent in road traffic injuries and 8.9 percent in deaths in 2020 compared to the previous year, the Egyptian state’s statistical agency CAPMAS said in a report issued in November last year.

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