ADDIS ABEBA – A car accident in Wolaita zone of Ethiopia’s Southern regional state has left three people dead, police said on Thursday.
The fatal accident involving a mid-bus occurred at 04:pm Wednesday in a place called Muara kebele.
Adane Assefa, a chief police inspector at Boloso Sore district of Wolaita zone, said the public bus traveling with 29 people onboard fell into a river leaving three people dead.
Seventeen other sustained light to heavy injuries, the inspector told Police a state-run news agency Ethiopian News Agency (ENA).
They are now being treated in nearby Dubo Mariam Hospital, inspector Adane said. He further said police are currently investigating the cause of the deadly traffic accident.
Police cautioned drivers to drive slowly in the area which has a steep geographical landscape.
Ethiopia has the lowest number of vehicles in Africa but deadly traffic accidents are fairly common with bad roads, flawed driving license issuance system and lax enforcement of road safety blamed.