Car accident killed 4 in Central Ethiopia – Xinhua

ADDIS ABABA, Feb. 11 (Xinhua) — A car accident in Ethiopia’s central Oromia regional state has killed four people, a regional official said on Sunday.

Aschalew Alemu, Public Relations Chief at East Shoa zone police department, Oromia, said the accident happened when a passenger minibus traveling on the road Saturday evening had its tires burst causing the vehicle to slam into an electric pole, reported state owned Ethiopian News Agency.

He added seven people who sustained light and heavy injuries have been taken to nearby health stations for treatment.

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Alemu cautioned drivers to avoid speeding and follow traffic rules when their vehicles are on the road.

Despite having one of the lowest per capita car ownership in the world, deadly traffic accidents in Ethiopia are common with blames put on bad roads, flawed driving license issuance system and lax enforcement of road safety.

Traffic accidents during the Ethiopian Fiscal Year 2016/17 that ended on July 8 have led to the deaths of 4,500 people, according to Ethiopia Federal Transport Authority.

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