File Photo: two trucks crash in Minya. Al-Ahram
The incident occurred when a pick-up truck carrying workers collided with a semi-trailer truck in the early hours of Sunday on Samalut Road.
Ambulances were dispatched to the site of the accident and transferred the bodies of the deceased to the morgue and the injured to a nearby hospital to receive treatment.
The Public Prosecution is investigating the incident, the authorities added.
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.
The project has successfully developed and widened Egypt’s 23,000 kilometre road network and has constructed or upgraded 7,000 kilometres.
By 2019, the quality of Egypt’s road infrastructure had climbed to 28th place in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report from 118th place in 2014.
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.
Traffic injuries across Egypt in 2021 reached 51,511, down from 2020’s 56,789, the CAPMAS report said.
The report added that 7,101 people died in road mishaps, up from the 6,164 deaths recorded a year prior, a 15.2 percent increase.