ADDIS ABABA – Six passengers were killed after a bus they were traveling crashed in Southern Ethiopia’s Gedeo Zone.
The crash took place while the public bus, plate number 34983 Oro, was heading from Yabelo Town to Addis Ababa on Thursday morning, according to Gedeo Zone Communication Office.
The bus with 65 passengers onboard overturned when it reached Bekonga Kebele of Yirgacheffe district, killing six people.
“Thirteen others are also severely injured,” said Deputy Inspector Tamirat Mitiku, head of Yirgacheffe Police Department.
The injured passengers are admitted to Yirgacheffe and Dilla referral hospitals for medical treatment.
The cause of the accident is currently under investigation, according to the deputy inspector.
Traffic accidents are relatively common in Ethiopia despite having one of the lowest per capita car ownership in the world. Bad roads, flawed driving license issuance system and lax enforcement of road safety and lack of road signs blamed for most of the accidents.