A photo from the accident showing the bus and the heavy truck after their collision (Photo: Al-Ahram)
Five people were killed and 20 injured in a road accident in the New Valley governorate when a public transportation bus collided into a heavy truck early Monday morning.
The collision took place on the Tunaydah-Dakhla highway in the Upper Egypt governorate.
Ambulance vehicles were dispatched from Assiut governorate in coordination with the health ministry.
The injured were transferred to the Dakhla Central Hospital.
The prosecution is investigating the accident.
Deadly road accidents take place on a near-daily basis in Egypt, which suffers from poorly maintained road infrastructure and loosely applied traffic regulations.
The government has allocated billions of pounds to developing and expanding road networks and bolster safety in recent years.
Moreover, the government has passed a new traffic law, which includes hefty fines for violations.
Officials say the development of roads and highways in Egypt managed to reduce road fatalities by 44 percent in 2019/2020.