Road Accident Kills 27 in Central Ethiopia

ADDIS ABEBA – At least 27 people have been killed in a traffic accident in Ethiopia’s Oromia Regional State, according to reports.

The road crash occurred on Sunday afternoon when a mini but collided with a public bus on a road that links Meki and Ziway towns.

Twenty four people died on the spot while the remaining three passed away while receiving medical care.

The cause of the accident is still under police investigation. But state-run newsagent ENA reported that the mini-bus had 27 people onboard –13 commuters more than the legal limit.

All travelers on the minibus including the driver have been killed in the accident. “A mother and all her three children were among those who died,” said the report.

Although Ethiopia has one of the lowest per capita car ownership rates in the world, fatal road accidents are fairly common.

Reports often blame the high rate of the accident on bad roads, reckless driving, a flawed driving license issuance system and lax enforcement of safety rules.