The Minister of Transport of Argentina, Mario Meoni, died on Friday night in a traffic accident, official sources confirmed to Efe.
The accident occurred at kilometer 112 of Route 7, at the height of the Buenos Aires city of San Andrés de Giles, in the direction of Junín, of which Meoni was mayor from 2003 to 2015 and which is located about 250 kilometers from the Argentine capital.
The sources indicated that the minister I was traveling alone driving his car, although the specific details of the accident were not revealed at the moment.
The 56-year-old Meoni, who was also a deputy in the province of Buenos Aires and director of the Bank of the Province of Buenos Aires, was the head of the Transportation portfolio since the Peronist Alberto Fernández came to the Presidency in December 2019.
It was with great sadness that I received the ungrateful news of the death of @mariomeoni, Minister of Transport of our Government.
With him we lose a thorough, tireless and honest politician. An exemplary official.
With sincere regret I accompany those like me who have loved and respected him. pic.twitter.com/NV8gX5GmKJ
– Alberto Fernández (@alferdez) April 24, 2021
When the death was known, at the stroke of midnight, other members of the Government showed their regret for the death of the politician, who began his career in the now opposition Radical Civic Union and later joined the Renovador Front, one of the formations that make up the current ruling coalition Frente de Todos.
«Immense sadness for the death of Mario Meoni. A great guy. Great colleague, enormously committed to his task at the head of the Ministry of Transport. Deeply moved by this painful news, we accompanied his family and his beloved town of Junín ”, wrote the Chief of the Cabinet, Santiago Cafiero.
Also opposition politicians sent their condolences: «I am very sorry for the death of Mario Meoni, Minister of Transportation of the Nation. My condolences to his family and loved ones at this terrible time, “said the mayor of Buenos Aires, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta.
Meoni’s last public act took place this Friday in the city of Rosario, where Fernández headed a meeting of the Federal Cabinet.
«With the Transportation Modernization Plan we are carrying out the fundamental works to rebuild the country with federal development. United, we continue to put Argentina on its feet, ”reads one of the minister’s latest messages on Twitter.