Bus crash kills at least 38 in Ethiopia

Daily Nation Newspaper - - NEWS FROM AFRICA -

ADDIS ABABA - Thirty-eight peo­ple have died af­ter the bus they were trav­el­ling in plunged off an em­bank­ment in north­ern Ethiopia, state me­dia said yes­ter­day.

“A to­tal of 38 peo­ple, (28 male, and 10 fe­male) were killed in the ac­ci­dent,” state-af­fil­i­ated Fana Broad­cast Cor­po­rate said of the crash in the Legambo dis­trict of the re­gional state of Amhara, cit­ing lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

Ten pas­sen­gers sur­vived but suf­fered “se­ri­ous and mi­nor in­juries” in the ac­ci­dent, which took place be­tween the towns of Dessie and Mekane Se­lam, Fana re­ported.

Amhara re­gional spokesman Ni­gussu Ti­lahun con­firmed the ac­ci­dent, say­ing it hap­pened on Mon­day.

He added that most of the pas­sen­gers were from towns near the site of the crash, the cause of which re­mains un­known.

“You can guess it might be tech­ni­cal, but the po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing it,” he said.

Ethiopia, Africa’s sec­ond most-pop­u­lous coun­try and one of its fastest-grow­ing economies, has ex­panded and renovated its road net­work in re­cent years but many peo­ple rely on buses for long-dis­tance travel.

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