Traffic accident kills 5 in central Ethiopia


A traffic accident in central Ethiopia’s Oromia regional state has left five people dead, state-run Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) reported on Monday.

The accident happened on Sunday afternoon when a minibus travelling on the road in Oromia regional state overturned, leaving five passengers dead, according to EBC.

The report further said that several other people that have sustained heavy injuries from the accident are currently receiving treatments in nearby healthcare facilities.

Although Ethiopia has one of the lowest per capita car ownership rates in the world, deadly traffic accidents are fairly common, with the blame put on bad roads, reckless driving, a flawed driving license issuance system, and lax enforcement of safety rules.

Meanwhile, a study by the Addis Ababa Traffic Management Agency on Monday revealed that traffic accidents in Ethiopia’s capital city kill on average two people per day, while causing injuries to about a dozen other people on a daily basis.

The Agency blamed poor driving skills and lack of adherence to traffic rules as the main reasons for the increasing number of traffic accidents in Addis Ababa. Enditem


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