ADDIS ABABA – Four people were pronounced dead on the scene on Tuesday morning after two vehicles collided head-on in central Ethiopia, according to Police.
The car crash, involving a dolphin minibus and Sino Truck, occurred in Bost District of East Show Zone around 6 a.m. today.
Four people died immediately while four others sustained various degrees of injuries, Aschalew Alemu, spokesperson of the zone, told state-run Ethiopian News Agency. The injured were transported to area hospitals.
The drivers of the two vehicles – with plate number 3-00797 Afar and 3-99458 ET – have run away before the police arrived at the scene.
Driving beyond the speeding limit is the main cause of the accident, the police said, adding that the search for the drivers is ongoing.
Despite having one of the lowest per capita car ownership in the world, deadly traffic accidents are common in Ethiopia. At least 13 people die each day due to car accidents, a recent report shows.
Drivers’ and pedestrians’ lack of awareness, poor technical inspections of vehicles, older vehicles, problems related to driving license and poor road quality are often blamed for the increasing road accidents in the country.