Two persons were killed and three others injured on December 6 as a car and a truck collided in the Shahriston district Tunnel, Sughd province.

According to the Interior Ministry’s website, the accident took place in Shahriston Tunnel in the evening.  Opel-Astra, driven by a 49-year-old resident of the Ayni district Shamsimalik Umarov, collided with a truck.  The truck was reportedly parked on the wayside in the tunnel for repairing.

As a result of the collision, two passengers of Opel-Astra died on the spot, while the driver and two other passengers sustained various injuries and were taken to a hospital.  

The 5,253-meter Shahriston Tunnel is part the Dushanbe-Khujand-Chanak highway rehabilitation project.  The tunnel was constructed with help of specialists from China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC).  A total budget for construction of the Shahriston Tunnel is US$51.7 million.  It was officially opened for traffic on October 27, 2012.