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Traffic accident in northern Ethiopia leaves 4 dead


ADDIS ABABA, May 16 — A traffic accident in Ethiopia’s northern Amhara regional state has left four people dead, an Ethiopian official said on Thursday.

Gobeze Yirsaw, Chief Public Relations Officer, East Gojam zone traffic bureau of Amhara regional state, said the traffic accident happened on Thursday morning when a freight truck traveling on the road with five people on board overturned, reported state media outlet Ethiopia News Agency (ENA).

Yirsaw said police are looking to question the driver of the freight truck which fled the scene soon after the freight truck overturned.

Yirsaw further said traffic accidents are a rising concern in East Gojam zone, with 116 people losing their lives in traffic accident in the last nine months of the current Ethiopian Fiscal Year 2018/19, which started on July 8.
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.
Traffic accidents during the previous Ethiopian Fiscal Year 2017/18 that ended on July 7, 2018 led to the deaths of 5,118 people, according to Ethiopia Federal Transport Authority. – XINHUA