Five Killed in West Arsi Zone Car Crash

ADDIS ABABA – Five people were killed when a truck loaded with goods and passengers crashed in the West Arsi Zone of the Oromia region, Police said on Thursday.

The car crash occurred on Wednesday afternoon around 04:00 p.m. in the Siraro district of West Arsi Zone.

The truck was on the way to Shasemene town loaded with potatoes and 15 passengers when it overturned and crashed in a place called the ‘Lokke’ area.

Five of the passengers were pronounced dead on the scene while the remaining 10 sustained minor injuries.

The driver of the truck which the police described as an Isuzu licensed with a 3B-30251-AA plate number, fled the accident scene.

Investigation to determine the cause of the deadly accident is still ongoing as police hunt for the driver.

Inspector Gosse Deko, Traffic Control Bureau of the West Arsi Zone Police, told ENA on Thursday that the area witnessed similar accidents recently.

The inspectors urged truck drivers to stop such illegal ways of transporting passengers while advising the public to give value to their lives and abandon using trucks for commuting.

Road traffic accidents are relatively common in Ethiopia despite having a lower per capita car ownership in the world.

A 2021 UN report says 13 people lose their lives in a day due to traffic accidents. Bad roads, flawed driving license issuance systems and lax enforcement of road safety, and lack of road signs are often blamed for deadly accidents.