Seven passengers die in traffic accident in Ethiopia

Seven people die on Thursday evening in a traffic accident tragedy occurred around Adami tulu area in Oromia Region of Ethiopia, about 173 kilometers from the capital, Addis Ababa.

The accident occurred when a minibus code –-3-41179 Oro, which was carrying 16 passengers was crashed on Thursday evening, according to report of the state newswire, Ethiopian News Agency (ENA). Including the driver seven passengers have died immediately, according to the report. In addition, five passengers who sustained heavy injury are now being treated at a hospital in Adama City. It is stated that four children who were on the minibus have managed to survive the accident without any physical harm.

In Ethiopia road traffic accident is one of the major health hazards claiming thousands of lives every year. It has been claiming around 5,000 lives on average every year with several thousands of injuries. Reports also show that the economic and social damage caused by the accidents have been leading many families into poverty and psychological trauma, among others.

According to the 2019 study by Debela Deme Jima from University of Gondar, who looked into the date between from 2007/08-2017/18, due to road traffic accident Ethiopia loses around 36.3 billion birr (estimated 1.3 billion $ in current exchange rate of 28 birr for 1$) in the eleven year in Ethiopia. His study stated that on average annually Ethiopia loses around 0.9% of budget due to traffic accident in the past eleven year.