Senior officials in Uzbekistan's Interior Ministry have told RFE/RL that Prime Minister Abdulla Aripov has been hospitalized with "minor injuries" following a traffic accident.
The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed media reports saying Aripov's car collided with another vehicle on the Bekabad-Tashkent highway at about 9 a.m. on August 20.
According to the officials, Aripov was rushed to a hospital in the Bekabad district near Tashkent. They said his injuries were not life-threatening.
The authorities have launched an investigation into the cause of the collision.