Freight truck minibus collision in central Ethiopia leaves at least 8 dead

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A head-on collision between a freight truck and a transport minibus in Ethiopia’s Oromia regional state located in the central part of the country has killed at least eight people, state-affiliated media outlet Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC) reported on Friday.

The accident happened on Thursday morning in Degem locality, North Shoa zone of Oromia regional state, FBC further reported.

Nine other people sustained severe injuries from the incident, FBC reported, quoting Tadesse Lejesa, head of traffic safety division of North Shoa zone.

“The driver of the freight truck has been put under custody suspected of causing the deadly traffic accident,” Lejesa further said.

The injured are currently receiving medical treatments in nearby healthcare facilities.

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