10 People Died in Silte Zone Road Crashes

ADDIS ABABA – At least 10 people were killed in two subsequent car accidents in the Silte Zone of southern Ethiopia.

The fatal road crashes involving two midsize trucks and a rickshaw occurred in the Western Azerinet district around 10:00 p.m. Friday, the Silte Zone communication bureau.

The first truck on the way to Hosanna from Wolkite crashed head-on with a rickshaw at a junction known as Deje.

All the passengers in the rickshaw immediately died while the driver sustained a relatively minor injury.

Residents of a nearby village, who were quick to respond, tried to help the injured driver and the victims. But they too became victims of another crash after another truck rammed into the scene of the accident.

Nine people were pronounced dead at the scene and several others sustained severe injuries in both road crashes, according to the Silte Zone communication bureau.

One of the seven severely injured people also died on Saturday afternoon at Hosanna Hospital. The victims, most of them women, were returning from a wedding ceremony when the accidents happened.

Police are hunting for the truck drivers who managed to escape the scene of the fatal crashes, which preliminary reports blamed on driving beyond the speed limit.