The deadly road crash happened late on Saturday

Five Dead After Head-on Collision in Debre Markos 

ADDIS ABABA – Five passengers were killed in a head-on collision between two buses in Amhara Region’s Debre Markos city, police said on Sunday.

Police say the deadly road crash occurred on Saturday evening at Tedla Gualu sub-city of East Gojjam city, located 300km northwest of Addis Ababa.

A mid-sized bus traveling from the capital to Bahir Dar collided head-on with another public bus going on the opposite side. Three passengers from the Isuzu and another two from the second bus were pronounced dead at the scene, bringing the death toll to five. 

An undisclosed number of passengers have also been taken to the city’s referral hospital for treatment, according to the Debre Markos city police statement.

The statement does not disclose a possible cause of the road crash. The Amhara region saw a relatively high jump in the rate of deadly traffic accidents in recent months.

More than 2,290 people, including 820 deaths, were victims of road accidents in the first 11 months of the just concluded fiscal year, showing a 14.14% year-on-year increase. Drivers were to blame for 81% of traffic accidents, as per data from the region’s police commission.