15 killed in central Ethiopia traffic accident

In 2018, some 5,118 people died in traffic accidents in Ethiopia. Photo : REUTERS

NEWSROOM (ADV) – A traffic accident in Ethiopia’s central Oromia regional state has left about 15 people dead, local authorities said on Tuesday.

In a press statement, Borena Zone Communication Office of Oromia regional state said the traffic accident occurred on Tuesday morning when two freight trucks collided with each other.

Police said the accident was caused by driving beyond the speed limit of the area, according to the statement.

Though Ethiopia has one of the lowest per capita car ownership in the world, deadly traffic accidents are fairly common, with the blame put on bad roads, flawed driving license issuance system and lax enforcement of safety rules.

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