ADDIS ABEBA – A traffic accident in the northern region of Ethiopia has left six people dead, police said on Wednesday. This is the third major road accident within two weeks in Amhara regional state.
Police said the deadly accident occurred in Felege Bichena Kebele of eastern Gojjam zone around 10 a.m. today.
Inspector Gobeze Yirsaw of Gojjam Zone police said a public bus that veered off the main road has killed at least six people nearby.
The victims of the accident were all women and on either way to the nearest market, the Ethiopian News Agency reported.
Last week, a traffic accident in the region involving a min-bus and freight truck left 10 people dead and 14 other people sustained heavy injuries.
Another deadly truck-bus collision in the same region killed at least 23 people fortnights ago. The accident happened as the freight truck and the other vehicles were trying to cross a narrow bridge in close distance to each other.
Desalegn Mekuria, Chief Traffic Police Officer of Dembecha locality of West Gojjam zone, told the region’s news agency that the majority of such traffic accidents in the area occur due to speeding.
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.