20 Passengers Died after Public Bus Goes Off Cliff in Amhara Region

ADDIS ABABA – At least 20 were killed after a public bus carrying an unknown number of travelers crashed into a ditch in Amhara region of Ethiopia.

The fatal road accident occurred on Sunday afternoon around 4:30P.M. in Dahana District of Waghimra Zone, says the Zone’s communication bureau.

Police said the public bus veered off the main road near Amdework town and tumbled down a 200-meter cliff, killing at least 20 passengers. Six other travelers sustained serious physical injuries.

The bus, which departed from Bahir Dar city, was en route to Sekota Town.

The police are not sure how many people were aboard in the bus, identified with Code 3: 11300 Amh plate number.

The casualty may rise, said Deputy inspector Sisay Aberaw, head of Traffic office of Dahna district police department.

The wounded passengers, including a year-old child, were taken to hospitals in Amdework and Sekota towns for treatment.

The cause of the disaster was not immediately clear. Police said investigation is ongoing but speeding and the nature of the road where the accident happened could be the major factors for the deadly accident.

Pictures of the aftermath showed a completely damaged public bus inside a ditch. No other vehicles were involved in the accident.

Traffic accidents are relatively common in Ethiopia, which has one of the lowest per capita car ownership in the world.

At least 13 people lose their lives in a day due to deadly accidents, as per a 2021 UN report.

Bad roads, flawed driving license issuance system and lax enforcement of road safety and lack of road signs blamed for most of the accidents.

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