Five killed in Road accident in Sebeta Town

ADDIS ABABA – A traffic accident in Sebeta Town in Central Ethiopia has left five people dead, communication bureau of the town said today.

A minibus heading from Jemmo to Alem Gena with 13 people on board overturned in a place called Furi on Thursday morning, said the communication bureau.

Five commuters died immediately while the other eight sustained various degrees of injuries, it added.

The injured people are currently receiving treatments in medical centers, according to the communication bureau.

Police are investigating the possible causes of the deadly accident.

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

Experts urge for increased intervention on road safety in the country where accident rate more than doubled between 2007 and 2018, rising from 2,161 to 4,597, a UN report published in January claims.