17 dead, 29 injured in highway accident on Egypt’s Kharga-Assiut road

MENA , Ahram Online , Thursday 4 May 2023

​At least 17 people were killed and 29 injured on Thursday when a passenger bus collided with a truck on Kharga-Assiut highway, southern Egypt.



The Health Ministry said 26 ambulances were dispatched to the scene of the crash.

The injured were taken to Kharga and Assuit hospitals.

Minister of Health and Population Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar ordered the injured be provided with the necessary healthcare and medications.

To reduce congestion and accidents, Egypt launched a road project in 2014 to upgrade 7,000 km of roads. This 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.

Throughout 2021, traffic injuries across Egypt reached 51,511, down from 2020’s 56,789, the country’s Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS) said last year.

According to CAPMAS, road mishaps, however, claimed the lives of 7,101 people nationwide, up from 6,164 deaths recorded a year prior — a 15.2 percent increase.

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