A former marathon champion was one of 19 people who died in road accident in Ethiopia, police said on Wednesday.
Police spokesman Demsash Hailu said Turbo Tumo — who represented Ethiopia at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics — was among those killed late Monday when the bus they were travelling in hit a wall after its wheels snapped off some 200 kilometers (124 miles) south of Addis Ababa.
“It has been confirmed that Turbo was among the dead in the accident,” Demsash said, adding that more than 30 others were injured.
Turbo won the Netherlands’ Eindhoven Marathon in 1996.
Ethiopia has one of the world highest road fatalities, with 114 deaths per 10,000 vehicles, according to official figures.