Tragedy: 16 die road accident

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Sixteen people died when a bus collided with a truck in Central Ethiopia, state media reported on Tuesday.

“The accident happened when a bus carrying passengers from Addis Ababa to Debre Birhan collided with a truck,’’ a local Traffic Police Chief, Sagin Lakew, was quoted as saying by Fana Broadcasting Corporate.

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The accident occurred in Chacha town, some 100 kilometres from the capital Addis Ababa.

At least 20 others were injured.

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“It is very likely that the death toll could climb rapidly,’’ Lakew said.

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Ethiopia is investing heavily in road infrastructural projects but poorly-trained drivers, vehicles in bad condition and dilapidated roads still cause numerous deaths each year.

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